Arlington Farmers' Market shaping up for its first year

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ARLINGTON — Residents, tourists and visitors will soon have a chance to browse local food, produce, and other regional offerings at the first annual Arlington Village Farmers' Market beginning late August.

The farmers' market will be held each Friday evening, Aug. 31 through Oct. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Arlington Inn, at the intersection of Routes 7A and 313 in the center of town, will act as both a host of and a participant in the market, holding its renowned "Meet the Makers" series on the patio during market hours.

"Meet the Makers" showcases various local breweries and distilleries each week. Knowledgeable makers and suppliers from the companies will be available to chat with visitors about their beverages, and visitors can also purchase special cocktails and small plates paired with the drinks.

Arlington Inn innkeeper Elizabeth Berger says "Meet the Makers" began last year and was a success. While the guest lineup for the series isn't final yet, Berger says visitors can expect to meet the makers or suppliers of beer, cider, and spirits that are offered at the inn.

Not only will attendees be able to buy fresh, local produce and foods, a "Health Booth" will rotate services such as free blood pressure checks, chair massages, and reflexology.

Eight local vendors have signed up for the market's "trial run" so far. "I have a feeling we may have more," said volunteer Laurie Glover.

Some of the offerings at the market will include grass-fed beef from Haystack Farmstead, Woodlawn maple syrup, Bardwell Farm cheese, gluten-free sp tzel from Arlington-based Vermont Sp tzel Company, fresh pork sausage and baked goods.

Glover says the group is still working on getting produce, cheese, and jam vendors. Each vendor will most likely participate every week for the six-week run of the market.

"For the first go-round we're pretty happy with (the market)," Glover said. "We're all excited; we think it's going to be a really good deal."

The market is sponsored by the Arlington Area Renewal Project, an all-volunteer community project that seeks to better the Arlington region through collaboration with volunteers and community members.

Proceeds from the farmers' market vendor fees will benefit Burdett Commons, a nonprofit that provides events and activities for the youth and seniors of the region. Vendor fees this year are $60 to participate in all six weeks.

"Giving back to the community is part of what we want to do," Glover said.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.

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