FARMINGTON — An organizer for Sunday’s old-fashioned building bee at the Grange is expecting a good turnout of volunteers ready to swing hammers, paint, make repairs or help feed the crowd a hearty meal.

Grange spokesman Richard Marble said word has gone out to agricultural producers who sell their products at the area’s farmers markets, to members of the Farmington Food Co-Op and the Western Maine Online Market and to farm product customers.

“We are expecting a good turnout of farmers and others who are coming to help,” he said.

“And if people just want to stop by and see what we are doing, they are welcome,” he said.

The building bee begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Grange Hall on Bridge Street in West Farmington. Work will be going on all day and Marble said if people can just spend a few hours giving a hand, it will be appreciated.

Volunteers are asked to bring hand tools, if they have them, and something to share for the noontime meal.

He said Grange members have been busy making casseroles and pies and potluck dishes are welcome. There will also be an end-of-the day party with ice cream and homemade pie.

The main focus of the day will be building the partitions in the basement where a new commercial kitchen will be installed for community members to wash, can, freeze and cook produce.

Marble said he is also investigating a future purchase of a canner that preserves and seals food in more economical metal cans rather than glass.

Other features of the project will be two 8-by-16-foot, walk-in coolers and a handicap-accessible bathroom. The facility will be open to the public and a nominal fee charged for use of the kitchen.

Other tasks Sunday will be painting and maintenance work.

To make a donation, checks made out to the Farmington Grange can be sent to Grange Treasurer, Gerry Libby, 381 Mosher Hill Road, Farmington, ME 04938

The work day will go on rain or shine because most of the tasks will be inside, Marble said.

The Farmington Grange is inviting volunteers to join a building bee at the Grange Hall on Bridge Street in West Farmington starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. For information, call Grange member Richard Marble at 491-6166 or 778-6968.


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