NORFOLK — After more than a year of ceasing the market due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Norfolk Farmers Market finally returned to its location in front of Town Hall at 19 Maple Street on Saturday, June 12.
The market started over 17 years ago and offers a selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables from various farms, along with selections from local artisans.
The June 12 market had 15 vendors, including RMS Growers of Granby.
“I own a small grower, so it’s important for a smaller grower like me to get their product out, which is why I like this market,” RMS Growers owner Andy Griffin said. “It’s also important to have an outlet for bigger farmers. The Norfolk Farmers Market to me is mainly a social event. You can walk around the market in five minutes, but people take about an hour or so to meet their friends. It’s a very unique and social time for customers.”
The social aspect means a lot for many of the vendors and regular customers at the market, including market master Angie Bollard.
“We did attempt to have an online market last year during the pandemic, but our market is a social place, so holding it online just didn’t work,” Bollard said. “This market is important because it brings about community spirit, it gets fresh food into everyone’s hands, and it gets people to eat healthy. I am so excited to have this back in person this year.”
“For me, the whole time during the pandemic was weird,” Lost Ruby Farm co-owner Adair Mali said. “We had a very small number of customers. We had to change our distribution system to accommodate the fact that there were practically no markets. It makes me thrilled to be back. I missed everybody because I couldn’t see any of our friends.”
The Norfolk Farmers Market is scheduled to be held every Saturday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until September 11. For more information go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkFarmersMarket