ORLEANS – The Community Development Partnership is launching the first ever Winter Farmers’ Market on the Lower Cape, beginning December 6.
The announcement comes during National and Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week, August 3 to 9.
The Orleans Winter Farmers’ Market will take place at the Nauset Regional Middle School on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 10 AM to noon, beginning on Saturday, December 6 and finishing on April 18, 2015.
The market is offered with support from the Orleans Winter Farmers Market Advisory Committee and made possible by financial support from the USDA Rural Development Program and the Cape Cod Economic Development Council.
Cape Cod has its greatest number of Markets ever, at 17 this summer, more than double the number of markets from six years ago.
“Farmers’ Markets have a long history of fueling economic development and adding vitality to the communities in which they are held,” said Jay Coburn, Executive Director at the CDP. “We are incredibly excited to be working with local growers and food producers to help them grow their businesses and create opportunities for year-round sales. And we can’t wait to show Lower Cape residents that it is possible to grow fresh and nutritious food on Cape Cod 12 months of the year.”
Wellfleet Farmers’ Market Co-founder and member of the Orleans Winter Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee, Tracy Plaut commented about the new Market, “Being able to supply fresh, locally raised food to the community keeps our friends and neighbors healthy, as well as building a strong and vital economy. It’s a pleasure to support the ever growing number of farmers who make their living while facing the many challenges of growing on Cape Cod”.
“Being a vendor at the Orleans Winter Farmers’ Market will give me the opportunity to have more of a year round income,” said Karen Moore of Bread Bon Vivant, one of this year’s Winter Farmers’ Market vendors. “And anytime that happens on Cape Cod…what a bonus!”
Applications are still being accepted for vendors interested in participating in the Orleans Winter Farmers’ Market.