NORWAY — A new indoor farmers market and online farmers market has opened at the Progress Center, offering a variety of Maine produce and goods throughout the cold winter months and beyond.

“The market at the Progress Center is open to the public to come and shop without pre-ordering,” said Patricia Verrill of the Oxford Hills Food Collaborative. “The preorder is a convenience of time and a guarantee that the product will be there.”

Western Maine Market/Oxford Hills is an online farmers market that connects Maine farmers, growers and producers with local buyers. The online farmers market provides baked goods, box specials, cider, eggs, fruit, applesauce, heat-and-serve meals, personal care products, wood crafts and many other products that are all grown and produced in Maine.

Orders are processed every Monday and pickup time is Wednesday when the indoor farmers market is open from noon to 5:30 p.m.

“A lot of volunteers are helping,” Verrill said of the effort to provide the service to residents.

The online Web site provides convenient shopping for patrons who are unable to shop at the market in the Progress Center on Cottage Street or those who simply want to make sure they can get what they need, Verrill said.

The indoor market opened for the first time Wednesday. The store is filled with items such as jams, pumpkins, maple syrup, potatoes, onions, corn and bran muffin mix, apple cider, carrots, broccoli and much more. Perishables such as bread will not be available at the store, Verrill said.

Verrill said squashes, such as butternut squash, will be available at the store and online soon along with other items such as celeriac root, which she said “the true chefs of Maine” will recognize.

The indoor market is open every Wednesday from noon to 5:30 p.m. at 35 Cottage St.

More information about the online farmers market and the indoor farmers market at the Progress Center is available by calling 207-743-8049 or through the Web site at westernmainemarket.com, or by e-mailing [email protected]

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Patricia Verrill of the Oxford Hills Food Collaborative prepares produce that is sold each Wednesday at indoor Farmers Market in the Progress Center on Cottage Street in Norway.


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