Lebanon Farmers' Market kicks off the season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Jun. 11, 2013
Mark and Margarte Verizzi man the Verizzi's Apple Farm booth at the Lebanon Farmers' Market on June 8. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Mark and Margarte Verizzi man the Verizzi's Apple Farm booth at the Lebanon Farmers' Market on June 8. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Week two of the Lebanon Farmers' Market on June 8 brought a wide variety of local produce, flowers, baked goods and other products to the grounds in front of Lebanon Town Hall. More than 25 regional and local vendors are expected for the 2013 growing season, including several new offerings.

Funding for this year’s market is made possible by contributions from the The Scotts Company, Kofkoff Egg Farms, Prides Corner Farm and The Farmers Cow. In addition, Lebanon’s Economic Development Commission provides funding for local musician Jim Ferguson, performing weekly at the market. For a yearly fee of $10, patrons can purchase a VIP button, which provides access to weekly specials offered by each of the market vendors.

On June 8, Verizzi’s Apple Farm was offering a discount on hosta plants in association with the VIP button. Mark and Margaret Verizzi have been selling at the market since its inception seven years ago. “We sell all kinds of vegetables,” said Mark. On June 8, the booth was offering beets, strawberries, rhubarb and some perennials. As the season progresses, the Verizzis expect to offer cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, green beans, pumpkins and other vegetables. “And apples,” added Margaret. The Verizzis grow eight different varieties of apple, in addition to peaches and pears.

There are a number of special events planned for the Lebanon Farmers' Market throughout the growing season. On June 15, at 11 a.m., the third annual dog costume parade will award prizes for best-dressed dog, runner-up, and best-behaved dog. On July 20, Kids’ Fun Day will offer hay mazes, games, music and Farmers Cow ice cream. Aug. 24 will bring Totally Local Omelet Day to the market, offering visitors a free taste of local bounty. And Oct. 12 is Food Pantry Donation Day.

The Lebanon Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday through Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 579 Exeter Road, in front of  Lebanon Town Hall.

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