MIDDLEFIELD — Shoppers perusing fresh produce and tables made with wood from local mills can add some adventure with a zipline ride over the tents at the Powder Ridge Mountainside Market.
“It’s almost contagious. People will be here checking out the fair and one person will want to try the zipline and everyone will want to do it,” said Ryan Kellarson, a manager at Powder Ridge.
“Every week we get some more vendors,” Kellarson added. “We want to fill up everything here.”
“It’s been pretty successful I’d say,” said Alfonso Caturano, who staffed the table for JC Farm in Durham, selling cherries, corn and produce grown just a few miles away. “You don’t get a lot of places with stuff that was just picked.”
He credited the turnout with the variety of vendors around his tent, including a cupcake truck and jewelry tables, and the other activities Powder Ridge offers visitors, such as water tubing and mountain biking. “There’s a lot of stuff to do.”
“I really came for the crafts and there’s a diverse selection,” said Guilford resident Tamar Birckhead, who visited the market with her daughter Camille Birckhead. “It’s great to have a fair like this at the base of a beautiful mountain.”
David Cyr has been selling his handmade birdhouses, benches and chairs since the market started up earlier this summer.
“Today is the first time there’s been a lot of vendors like this,” he said. “I think it’s great, it’s a nice atmosphere.”
A visitor from Texas stopped by Cyr’s tent.
“There’s just a good mixture for different hobbies,” said Carla Newell, of San Antonio.
There’s a strong market for crafted goods, Cyr said, adding that as the market attracts more diverse vendors he expects more customers will follow.
“I think people are addicted to this stuff,” he said.