For information about the Sandy River Farmers Market or to help the
Farmington Grange’s renovation efforts, call Richard Marble at

FARMINGTON — Farmington Grange members are working to boost the efficiency of the hall
on Bridge Street in West Farmington.

The Grange opened its doors to local farmers and buyers this month.
From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, the Sandy River Farmers Market and
artisans grace the hall with an array of locally grown vegetables,
meats, baked goods and other items.

“It’s an effort toward helping people sell locally grown foods
throughout the year,” said Grange member Richard Marble. “The turnout
of farmers and consumers looking to buy or sell healthy, locally grown
foods and other goods has been promising. The Grange hopes to see this
Saturday market grow into a destination spot for locals and folks from

Keeping those doors open through the winter will mean making
improvements to the hall. Due to the price of oil, the hall has not
been used for the past few winters, Marble said.

Six members spent this past Sunday working on windows, and members
hope to raise enough money to put more insulation in the ceiling of the
hall and put in a more efficient furnace. Both are badly needed, Marble

Their plans reach beyond necessary repairs, he said. The group would
like to finish off the large basement and install walk-in coolers and a
commercial kitchen where farmers can process their crops.

Marble, who has installed a commercial kitchen and a cooler on his
farm, says that work can be done fairly inexpensively. The insulation
will be the most expensive part, he said.

He uses an air conditioner controlled by a Coolbot, a part created
by a farmer in New York. It controls the air conditioner so it doesn’t
burn out while turning it into a cooling unit for the walk-in. In the
process, it keeps moisture in the cooler.

Potatoes and cranberries placed in his cooler last year have remained
firm, Marble said. He estimated the cost of the cooler and Coolbot at
about $600.

The past two Saturdays, business was brisk at the farmers market, he
said. Farmers didn’t plan ahead for the market to extend through the
winter, so local artisans may be invited to join the Saturday market.

Anyone who wants to help is welcome, Marble said. For more information
about the Saturday market or to help the Grange’s efforts, call Marble
at 778-6968.

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Farmington Grange members Steve Scharoun, Richard Marble and others held a work day Sunday to fix windows at the Grange Hall. Grange members want to make improvements so they can keep the building open year-round to promote local agriculture.

Farmington Grange has opened the doors of the West Farmington hall to the Sandy River Farmers Market. The market is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the hall on Bridge Street. Grange members are attempting to make improvements to the hall.

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