The stock market may be in shambles and the housing market taking a plunge, but when the Burlington Farmers' Market opens on May 10, organizers expect it to do booming business. In fact, they've added 10 new vendors - nine selling produce, local products and prepared foods, and one selling crafts - to the cadre that gathers each warm-weather weekend in City Hall Park. Many of the new folks will be arranged along a previously unused path that radiates from the fountain at the park's center.
According to the market's new manager, Chris Wagner, the latest crop of wares includes fresh berries and "bike-powered-blender smoothies" from Adam's Berry Farm in Burlington's Intervale, German-style breads from Adam's Village Bakery in Westford, and meats from Jericho Settlers' Farm. Plus, shoppers can load up on Dinky Donuts, homemade salad dressings and prepared foods with "island flavors."
Two new vino vendors are also hitting the Market, from the Champlain Valley Vineyard of Benson and Fresh Tracks Farm of Berlin.
The newbies, who were chosen from 25 applicants by the Farmers' Market Steering Committee, have been offered provisional one-year licenses. If all goes well, they could become permanent fixtures.