New Orfordville farmers market starts Saturday

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Gina Duwe
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ORFORDVILLE--A new farmers market opens for the season Saturday in Orfordville.

The market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through the end of October in the parking lot of the former Burtness Chevrolet, 303 E. Beloit St., which the village owns.

“We're just trying to let people have an opportunity to buy fresh produce,” said Sue Hanson, who is managing the market.

Hanson said she wanted to give vendors an alternative to other markets, citing a long waiting list for the Beloit market. Hanson, who lives in the town of Avon, said she doesn't grow anything to sell at a market.

She knew the village now owns the former car dealership and thought it would be a good place for a market, she said. The village board approved it.

Organizers met Monday night to work out details, and the hope is to have a formal committee run the market, she said. The group has 15 to 20 interested vendors, she said.

The vendor cost is $150 for the season or $15 per Saturday.

The focus will be on local, fresh produce; honey; syrup; baked goods; and canned goods.

“We're really trying to concentrate on produce so people locally have a good place to come and get fresh produce,” she said. 

Organizers want to limit craft items to gardening, the outdoors and yard art, she said.

Hanson said she wants to see community groups such as 4-H clubs give presentations or have fundraisers at the market and “make it a place where things around the community have a place to talk to people and present their ideas.”

She hopes money raised through vendor fees can be put back into the community, she said.

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