VANDALIA – With a new manager in place and vendors signing up on a daily basis, the 2016 Vandalia Community Farmers Market season is looking to be the biggest and best yet.
Amy Cotterman was hired in February to manage the market in 2016 and beyond. She says that plans for this season are coming together well, and she’s very excited to see the market open. The market’s hours will be tweaked for the 2016 season, opening and closing an hour later.
“The market will open at 4 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. every Friday night June 10 through August 26,” Cotterman said. “This slight shift should help us to have larger crowds when we open.”
The basic formula is unchanged in this fourth year. The venue will once again be Vandalia’s Seger Park next to the Senior Citizens Center. The key components are the local farmers and food producers selling their locally produced items.
“Having a variety of local vendors is the key to the success of the market,” Cotterman said. “Local produce and locally produced food items are the very core of the market’s mission.”
Some of the “extras” include local artisans, such as painters and jewelry makers, demonstrating their craft. Music is also a large component, with a variety of artists playing on the gazebo stage each week.
“Our goal is to provide the community with a weekly event where residents can visit the farm vendors, enjoy dinner from the food vendors and stay to enjoy the musical entertainment,” Cotterman said.
Plans call for a monthly “Touch A Truck” display, where kids of all ages can get an upclose look at a unique vehicle such as a fire engine or police car and three food truck rallies are planned where food truck vendors from across the region will be on hand offering their specialty dishes.
If there’s one thing the new market manager wishes she could control entering the market’s fourth season, it would be weather.
Last year, nearly every Friday night in June and July had rain in the forecast, limiting the amount of time patrons were willing to browse the market.
“It’s one of the challenges of an outdoor event,” Cotterman said. “We are all very dependent on the weather.”
If you would like more information on the Vandalia Community Farmers Market , including how to become a vendor, contact Amy Cotterman, email@example.com.