Andover’s indoor farmers’ market still draws crowd
ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — A six-year project of the Green Team here is the annual indoor farmers’ market held at The Barn at Hillside Park on Lake Iliff.
This year’s market was Sunday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Eric Olsen, a Township Green Team volunteer, has been running the market for its entire run.
He was pleased with the turnout this year.
He explained one of the members of the Green Team came up with the idea and the entire team embraced it.
“That’s what we do,” he said, “turn people’s ideas into reality.”
It is a forum for educating the public of the importance of buying all products they can locally, he added.
“To source products from your neighbor is to support the local economy,” he pointed out.
The market also serves to introduce new residents to their township and their neighbors.
Many vendors have been here year after year, such as Bobolink Dairy with its artisan cheese and Genesis Farm’s Community Supported Garden.
Another regular is Roman Osadca whose garlic and honey from Valley Fall Farm as well as his repartee are locally famous.
Between 10 and 20 percent of the vendors turnover each year, Olsen said.
He said he encourages local artisans and makers to join the market to show off what is created locally.
A painter, a candlemaker, a wood carver and other artisans sell their wares in the big open room.
Members of the township committee hand out bright green shopping bags and lunch is available.
One farm vendor was Wykertown Farm in Frankfort Township.
Owner Karen Opilla said they have operated a CSA for nine years and are now facing competition from the home delivery prep kits.
Her husband, Mike, said customers don’t know where that food comes from or how it’s grown.
“We plant and harvest on our own property,” he said.
Wykertown participates in the Sparta Farmers Market’s annual CSA day and is looking for more ways to promote their CSA.
Karen Opilli said. She said their son’s wedding was on the farm and she sees an opportunity for more wedding ceremonies and other parties.
Diane and Bradley Klemm of The Stables at Waterwheel Farm were selling their beef at the market for the first time.
They board horses and sell turkeys at Thanksgiving as well.
Diane Klemm has been farming for 40 years. She is in favor of events like Sustainable Andover.
“It could be more successful than going to a weekly farmers market,” she said. “It’s an event to bring people out.” She pointed out there are not a lot of events out in the country.
“It’s a good community builder.”
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