The Mansfield Growers Market is having a pre-season meeting and potluck at 6:30 pm Friday, February 21 at the St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall. This is a great time for us to meet potential vendors and volunteers, and say “Hi” to friends we haven’t seen all winter.
St. James Church, on Route 6 one block east of Main Street, is the site of the market, which in 2014 will run 3-6 pm the first Friday in April through Thanksgiving. May through September is an outdoor market, with April and fall held inside the Parish Hall.
If you grow or craft products within 50 miles of Mansfield (as the crow flies), market managers hope you will come to the pot luck to meet current vendors and volunteers, and to have any questions answered. The Mansfield Growers Market was established in 2009 and has a very loyal customer base of weekly shoppers.
Highlights of the weekly market include live music and prepared food to eat there or take home. Shoppers find a wide variety of local fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, flowers, seedlings, fresh herbs, maple products, honey, dairy products, baked goods, preserves, and farm-based or other high quality craft items.
Many of the current vendors at Mansfield also participate in other markets, such as the one in Wellsboro. In fact, there is a discount for vendors that apply for both the Wellsboro Farmers Market and Mansfield Growers Market. At Mansfield, vendors have the option of signing up for a few market days or the entire season, but vendors cannot just show up and expect to sell without going through the application process. Potential vendors with questions concerning state regulations, insurance, etc. are encouraged to come to the meeting February 21 or contact market managers, who are happy to work with small producers and first-timers.
To RSVP for the potluck meeting February 21, contact Dan Styborski at 570-337-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For guidelines see the tab at the top of this page. The link to the online application is on the right under “links.”
St. James Church is located at 30 E. Wellsboro Street. Hope to see you there!