Orange Farmers’ Market to open this week

  • The Orange Farmers’ Market is reopening for the season on Thursdays starting May 13, and will continue through Oct. 14 at the Orange Armory, pictured. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 5/11/2021 4:12:28 PM
Modified: 5/11/2021 4:12:27 PM

ORANGE — The Orange Farmers’ Market is reopening from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays starting May 13, and will continue through Oct. 14 at the Orange Armory at 135 East Main St.

Tony Leger, chair of the Orange Farmers’ Market Committee, said the committee is working with town officials to address COVID-19 health safety concerns. Face masks will be mandatory, due to the close contact between customers and vendors.

“We don’t anticipate that COVID procedures will be as intense as last year,” Leger said. “Still, we want to be safe and we’re working with the Board of Health on that.”

The market will still follow social distancing guidelines. There will also be clearly designated entrances and exits; a no-touch system of purchasing in which only the vendor will handle the products a customer identifies as the sale is completed; and signs, cones, tape and other markings to control the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

The usual array of products will be available, including vegetables and flowers, as well as baked goods, annual and perennial plants, herbal remedies, milk and ice cream, soaps and craft items.

“Everybody’s looking forward to it,” Leger said. “The first market, there’s a lot prepare for.”

Additionally, Market Manager Rachel Gonzalez said Sean Davis will perform live music this Thursday. The committee received a $900 grant to pay musicians a small stipend to provide entertainment at the markets this year.

Gonzalez said some of the vendors are new, and the weather for the first week is expected to be lovely.

“People love the Orange Farmers’ Market,” she said. “A lot of people come out, and we have a lot of supportive customers.”

The Orange Farmers’ Market Committee needs volunteers to assist with setting up and taking down the market, as well as a market outreach coordinator, a volunteer coordinator and a new market manager. The market manager position includes a $1,000 stipend. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Aaron Nelson at nelson@mountgrace.org.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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