Sun May Set on Farmers Market in Tyngsboro
TYNGSBORO -- The curtain has fallen for good at the Tyngsboro Farmers Market -- unless volunteers step up soon to save it.
“It’s going to end because we really need volunteers and more farmers to come to the market,” said Christine Weirich, a resident who has been spearheading the volunteer-run organization since early this year. “It’s just been a slow decline in the attendance.”
Weirich earlier last week confirmed she can no longer continue running the market offering farmers’ goods, food vendors, crafters, and more. She is expecting her sixth child and said managing the market makes it difficult when she has to do the majority of the work. She added that it’s been difficult to recruit volunteers who are willing to pitch in to help organize the market.
“There’s a lot of aspects to volunteering that are needed to run a really good market. We need to recruit farmers and it’s hard to get farmers to come out to the market unless you get a good attendance,” Weirich said. “And in order for a good attendance, you need a lot of farmers.”
Tyngsboro Farmers Market was started in 2011 by Brenda Babcock, though it took Babcock another year to really get it off the ground. The weekly market was previously held at the Littlefield Library in Tyngsboro before being moved two seasons ago to the First Parish Meeting House in Town Center.
Reached by phone Tuesday, all Babcock would comment was “lack of volunteers” as the reason for why she thinks the market is being shuttered.
According to Town Administrator Matt Hanson, it’s a trend that not only affects Tyngsboro.
“It’s very difficult to get farmers and food vendors to actually attend. It’s difficult for them to be profitable here,” Hanson said. “It’s a lot of work to go to the Farmers market. They have to pack up product, attend the Farmers market and get all set up and then they have to pack up and go back home. It takes a big turnout of residents and shoppers to make that a profitable experience for them.”
Though the town administration has no direct involvement in the Tyngsboro Farmers Market, Hanson encouraged anyone interested in volunteering to contact his office and he will put them in touch with Weirich.
“The preference would be to keep the Farmers market going if they can get enough volunteers and food vendors,” Hanson said. “Hopefully we can get enough interest to keep it going in some form.”
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