TOWN OF WAYNE FARMERS’ MARKET Summer 2021 Dear Wayne Residents and Visitors,
Thank you for your continued support of the Wayne, Maine Farmers’ Market!
We were thrilled to reopen the Market after a one-year closure in 2020 due to COVID public health concerns. The summer of 2021 brought record numbers of Wayne residents and visitors to the Mill Pond Park where vendors sold vegetables, meat, eggs, plants, flowers, herbs, pepper jellies, baked goods, maple syrup, goat cheese, soaps, natural health and beauty products, and pottery. We welcomed two new vendors - Sara Hodges and John Wright from Sparkplug Farm in Leeds and Jill Welch of Moonglow Lavender in Wayne.
A hearty thank you to Stan Davis for his live music each week, which is a Saturday morning highlight, and seemed especially welcome during the challenging days of the pandemic.
All of the vendors appreciated the increased exposure during the annual Strawberry Festival on July 10 when over 2500 participants attended the Festival, the Market and other community and family-oriented activities around the Mill Pond parks and throughout Wayne. Many thanks to WFM Board member Tammy Birtwell and the Festival team for the long hours they devoted to the Festival.
Whether you are a lifelong citizen, an occasional visitor, or a long-time summer resident in Wayne, the Market is a great way to meet the rest of the community, purchase fresh, local food and other products, and enjoy Saturday mornings in the summer. Located on the green next to the Post Office overlooking the beautiful Mill Pond, we are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day every Saturday morning, 9:00 am to noon. See you this summer!
2021 vendors A Small Town Bakery, Birtwell Farm, Bragg Maple Products, Cranberry Rock Farm, Firelight Farm, Gatwick Goat Farm & Creamery, Gingerbread Farms, Grey Goose Gourmet, Moonglow Lavender, Pickles Potions, Sparkplug Farm, and A Lakeside Pottery http://www.waynemainefarmersmarket.com/ The Committee is pleased that the Market is a not only a place to purchase regionally grown and produced food, but also a community gathering place for visitors and for Wayne's summer and year round residents.
Carry Over 2020-2021 $1,459.00 Expenses: 75.40 * Balance $1383.60 (as of 2/10/22)
*Note expenses pending for fees for Market Weebly website for past three years $261.90
The Wayne Board of Selectman drafted a Farmers’ Market Directive during the summer of 2015. The Directive was approved on August 25, 2015, and outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Farmers' Market Committee for the management and oversight of the Market; the number, qualifications, appointment, and membership requirements for committee members; and includes requirements for committee organizational structure, quorums, and public postings of agendas, meeting dates, and locations.
The Market has the following goals: *To support and promote local growers and producers as well as offering healthy, local, and fresh products to the community. * To cultivate a strong sense of community by providing an enjoyable setting for people to visit, interact, and learn, in addition to buying products. *To create an opportunity for direct grower-consumer interactions and idea sharing.
Hours of operation 2022: Saturdays 9 a.m.- noon Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend
The Committee appreciates the support we have received from the Town of Wayne*, vendors, shoppers, volunteers and musicians. A steering committee of community members and vendors meets in the winter to discuss ways to improve the market, and welcomes suggestions from the community. *The Wayne Farmer’s Market is a town-sanctioned event, by vote of the Wayne Selectboard on March 17, 2009. Respectfully submitted: Wayne Farmers Market Committee: Leslie Burhoe (Co-Chair and Vendor relations); Jane Davis (Secretary); Tammy Birtwell (Vendor representative); Cindy Townsend (Vendor representative); Theresa Kerchner (Chair and Treasurer) and Emily Perkins (Advisor). Website: www.waynefarmersmarket.weebly.com