Lincolnville Farmers' Market open year-round
Lincolnville — Vendors who sell their wares at the Lincolnville Farmer's Market are working to get the word out about the market's year-round presence in Lincolnville Center, said dairy farmer Andy Smith.
The market is open Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon in the former Grampa Hall's antiques space at the corner of Heal Road and Route 52 — the building is also the temporary home of Lincolnville Community Library. The market takes place outdoors near the building during warmer months.
"There are a surprising number of people who don't know there is a market," he said.
Smith said it has recently come to the attention of vendors that information about the market has only been dispensed via word-of-mouth, social media and the online Lincolnville Bulletin Board, and Smith said he feels online networking isn't reaching everyone who could be a potential customer.
While the market is small, wintertime offerings are diverse, said Smith. He said weekly offerings at the market include fresh and frozen seafood as well as seafood chowders and pot pies, brick-oven-baked breads, greens, eggs and sweets, beef, maple syrup, pies, raw jersey milk, yogurt and cheese. The selection grows during the summer season and in the past, a Wednesday afternoon market has been added. A number of local artisans bring wares to sell at market during all four seasons, Smith said.
Smith explained that vendors and Lincolnville Improvement Association pay to rent the market space and the group also pays heating costs in the winter. Smith said that makes it all the more important that vendors benefit from participating in the market each week.
This week marks the end of Belfast Farmers Market for the season and a small winter market is hosted at State of Maine Cheese in Rockport on Saturdays, but winter markets in Knox and Waldo County are scarce, said Smith.
"After this week Lincolnville Farmer's Market is the only winter market in this general area," Smith said.
Publicizing the market by hanging fliers designed by Jeanne Hollingsworth already has started. Community members have volunteered through Lincolnville Bulletin Board to hang the fliers at various locations, but Smith said he is hoping that even more volunteers will print the fliers and hang them at locations in Knox and Waldo counties.
"One of the major limitations right now is getting consumers out," he said.
Smith, a former resident of Lincolnville, said he travels from South China each week to sell his dairy products which include milk, Greek yogurt and farm cheese. He said he and his partner Caitlin Frame hope to be able to offer aged cheeses eventually as well.
"We're definitely committed to trying this, we feel really connected to [the Lincolnville] community because that's where we got our start selling dairy products," he said.
Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.