Crafters of all kinds, along with farm-fresh produce vendors, bakers and local restaurants, will converge at the Market of Unity, a new old-fashioned open-air market, on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.

The market will be held every Saturday thereafter until Columbus Day at the Unity Town Office parking lot at 74 School Street.

Close to 30 vendors have expressed interest in having a booth at the initial opening day event.

Some of the vendors include Maine Crafters, who make yard decorations and wooden toys; Two Old Bags, who make handmade bags; Kings Krafts, makers of handcrafted jewelry and wind chimes; and local businesses including Unity Flower Shop, Mammie's Restaurant, Community Store, and several area farmers.

Larry King, chairman of the Unity Economic Development Committee, said the market's slogan is, "If you make it, bake it, or grow it, you are welcome to sell at our market."

The EDC has been tasked with developing ways of making Unity a destination, and its members are hoping that this will be an economic engine that will attract people from as far away as the seacoast area, as well as from Waterville and Bangor, King said.

The market is also a place for Unity's neighboring communities to sell wares or enjoy some unique shopping close to home.

"We're in an area with some very talented craftspeople and also some very fine farms," King said. "We're encouraging even the backyard farmers who may find they have a surplus, to come down to the market and sell."

Currently there is a Unity Farmer's Market that takes place on School Street on Saturday, but, according to King, "We're not doing this to compete with them; we're doing this in addition to them, to have enough vendors to attract people to go to the markets.

"We're going to be a very diverse market," he said.

There is no charge or rent for vendors, which is "very unique," King said. "This is an opportunity for all crafters to have a marketplace."

While the market is free to anyone who has something to sell, vendors are asked to fill out an application, which can be found at the Unity Town Office, online at The Market of Unity on Facebook, or by calling 948-6521.

King said developing the market has been a group effort among the Unity selectmen, the Economic Development Committee and the Unity Business Exchange, a group of Unity area businesses.

"I'm hoping this will bring people to Unity and allow them to see what area businesses are located in town," King said.