The Northfield Farmers Market started with one clever fella peddling pickles and other canned goods out of the back of his pick-up truck parked on the Town Common next to Main Street. Ten years later, we've grown into a vibrant, volunteer-run organization with an active roster of more than 30 vendors throughout the year selling goods that are grown and made in Vermont. We operate as a non-profit organization, and our mission is twofold:
To achieve this mission, we maintain vendor fees that are among the lowest in the state, making us the most affordable retail sales channel available to our agricultural vendors. And because we are the only accessible farmers market for many of our food-insecure and transportation-challenged neighbors, we accept all available federal food benefits programs administered by Vermont, including 3SquaresVermont/SNAP, Crop Cash, and Farm to Family.
The summer market runs from mid-May through mid-October on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Town Common. The indoor winter market has historically been held inside Plumley Armory at Norwich University on the first Sunday of the month from November through April, with extra bonus holiday markets in November and December. In addition to featuring live musical performances, we have a series of special market events in collaboration with partner organizations:
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we moved our winter market to a 100% online farm store with weekly ordering, pick-up and delivery. This new model allows us to maintain access to our market while managing the pandemic risks for our customers, vendors, and the community as a whole. We are deeply gratified to the Town of Northfield for enthusiastic municipal support every year, and to our customers for their unfailing support of our vendors. If not for this community, we'd be in a real pickle...!