NORWAY — The Norway Farmers’ Market has been serving the community as a once-a-week market for over 15 years. Due to increasing demand for local goods, the market will move its summer location to Main Street and increase the hours of operation.

“The relationship between customer and vendor has become increasingly important to families who regularly shop at the market and many people want to know more about the quality of food they are feeding their families and themselves,” explained Zizi Vlaun of Moose Pond Arts Ecology, the Center for an Ecology Ecology-Based Economy, and now the new treasurer of the market.

“They also want to know their farmer so that they can know and trust the treatment of livestock and impact on the environment directly influenced by growing and grazing practices,” Vlaun said.

Previously located in the parking lot behind Fare Share Co-op, the Norway Famers’ Market will move to the Square, a more accessible and visible location on Main Street, on the corner of Deering and Main streets.

The market will meet two days a week this summer on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Thursday, May 8.

New vendors this year are Doreen and John Simmons of Stoneheart Farm, Sherri and Donnie Davidson of Herb N Dream, Chris Cavallo of Pickles and Things, Steve and Tosha Gravel of The Muffin Tin, Dottie Bell of Thunder Hill Farm. Caleb and Ariel Eshbach of Olde Mill Farm. Returning vendors are Pie Tree Farm, LolliePapa Farm, Moose Pond Arts, Oak Meadow Farm, Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, plus many other vendors who will come to the market occasionally or once a month.

Together with Healthy Oxford Hills (HOH), the market offers cooking demonstrations featuring fruits and vegetables available right on site, as well as classes providing market tours and education on purchasing and consuming local foods.

“These programs help familiarize people who may have never visited a farmers’ market about tasty new food options and the great health benefits these foods can offer,” said Tiffany Sweatt, HOH’s Community Nutrition Educator.

All of the foods and crafts at the Norway Farmers’ Market are made, grown and raised by local people.

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