Yesterday was the first day of the Charlemont Farmers Market. Jason and I had done everything we could to give it a proper debut, with help from Regina and the kids, who provided artwork and a friendly overstuffed scarecrow.
The site is the Hawlemont School in the center of Charlemont, Saturdays from 10:00 until 2:00. As 10:00 approached, we wondered whether anyone had heard the news. Apparently they had, and for those who hadn't, a large, colorful sign on Route 2 drew them in.
The mood was festive, and friends met and made small talk as they checked out spinach and kale. Samples were provided by the Charlemont Inn, which had the most delicious Green Goddess dressing, as well as other treats, for sale. Barberic Farms offered lamb, fiber products and ice cream.
The white tents overflowed with fellowship. We were three vendors. Next week we expect to add at least two or three more. The school held a bake sale and will have other fundraising events throughout the summer during market hours.