Orange farmers market plans move this season

ORANGE — The town’s farmers market is planning to spring up in a new home this season, the parking lot of the Orange Armory on 141 East Main St.

Rachel Gonzalez, manager of the Orange Farmers Market, appeared at a Selectboard meeting recently requesting a new location because of renovations slated for Butterfield Park this season.

Gonzales is making the rounds of other officials to get the needed approvals.

The Armory Commission has approved the request. Gonzales is seeking additional approvals from Orange police, fire and zoning officials in connection to parking and signage. The Farmers Market season starts May 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Visibility and accessibility will be better on East Main Street,” said Gonzalez. “People forget that we’re at Butterfield. This way (located at the Armory), maybe people will stop and get what they need on their way to shopping at Hannaford.”

Gonzalez says the Farmers Market is also working on a few new ideas this season. One is to provide food samples to customers. She is going through channels with the Board of Health to make that happen. Another improvement she’s doing paper work for is the use of SNAP Food Stamps. Gonzales is also trying to get permission to accept SNAP food stamps.

According to Selectman David B. Ames, Gonzales has been invited back Wednesday if all the appropriate approvals have been obtained by then.

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