CHESHIRE — Town leaders are looking for growers and farmers interested in taking part in a market starting later this month on South Main Street.
The farmers’ market will start on Aug. 23 and run for the remainder of the year. Joshua Medeiros, Parks and Recreation director, said it’s a test of sorts for the market he hopes to establish on a regular schedule.
He recently released the call for vendors.
“We have been getting a lot of inquiries,” Medeiros said. Those include a flower seller and a food truck interested in being on site for the market.
It will take place every Thursday evening until Sept. 20. at the Parks and Recreation Department parking lot, 559 S. Main St.
While the market will have space for more than 20 vendors, Medeiros hopes for a smaller number to start out.
“We’re late in the season at this point. Just a couple vendors to kick things off this year,” he said. “If we got a couple vendors I think it’d be a worthwhile, fun time.”
Local growers Wednesday supported the idea, although they said they wouldn’t be able to attend.
John Torello, who took over Bishop Farms several years ago, said he’s still working to open the farm stand.
“I think it’s a great thing for the town,” he said. “Right now, we’re trying to focus on getting our business open.”
Phyllis Perry, an owner of Norton Brothers Farm, said her farm can’t spare the staff to go to a farmers’ market this year.
“We’re just so busy with our stand, plus we sell wholesale” she said.
Cheshire had a farmers’ market on the Town Green in the early 2000s, Medeiros said, but residents had trouble parking.
Since then, farmers’ markets have grown in popularity. He hopes that holding it near Cheshire High School and Bartlem Park will make parking easy.