DURHAM — The town’s farmers market has reached another milestone.
“It has been a continuous market for the whole year for the first time ever,” said Market Master Jon Scagnelli. “The thing that having the market year round will do is it’s going to keep the attention on the market and people won’t forget about it.”
To keep the market operating year round, Scagnelli used indoor space in the Durham Activity Center during the colder months. Then the market had to quickly adapt to social distancing guidelines prompted by the pandemic.
While vendors were spaced apart, visitors wore masks and signs was posted across the town green reminding patrons not to get too close to each other.
“I couldn’t ask for a better first day,” Scagnelli said on May 14, the first day of the summer market season. “We’re out here, there’s a nice breeze, the sun is shining. This is just to showcase how life can go on.”
Durham Recreation Director Sherry Hill agreed.
“You can sit back and watch everyone walk around, walk with their dogs, and everyone is so happy,” she said. “It makes you appreciate what you missed and what we missed (is) other people.”
A total of 22 vendors participated on May 14, three more than last year’s opening.
“It is definitely convenient. We get to bring things here and the people come to us,” said Benjamin Lowry of Forest City Farms in Middletown. “We try to get as much of our produce out to the people and this is a great outlet for that.”
The farmers market will be open Thursdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the town green.