Thomaston farmers market concept unanimously supported
Thomaston — The Thomaston Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to support the concept of a farmers market in town.
Ryan Fahey and her partner, Michael Dennett, run a "small and diverse" farm in Bremen. The pair raises vegetables, eggs, poultry, pork and lamb on their 10-acre piece, christened Crescent Run.
Lammert said a plan for a farmers market in town has been approached before, but failed to generate enough support for development.
"It will bring a sense of community and I'm all for it," he said.
Board member Jonathan Eaton said the front lawn of the Thomaston Public Library would be an appropriate space for the market, with ample parking, proximity to Route 1 and a central location.
Assessors' Agent David Martucci said Fahey and Dennett may have two more steps to complete to get started.
The decided location may have restrictions on use, so a visit to the Zoning Board of Appeals may be necessary to secure a conditional use permit if required by town law.
Another step — which Martucci said at this point he's not positive of — would be the requirement of a peddler's license for those involved in selling produce and goods at the market. Martucci said he needs to review the language in the ordinance more thoroughly, but he suspects the need for such a license is probable.
Dennett, a sixth-and seventh-grade science teacher at Thomaston Grammar School, held a Community Supported Agriculture drop off at the school for the faculty, administration and school board last year.
"They were an enthusiastic group of customers, and we want to offer them a more interactive and fulfilling experience than meeting us at our pickup truck to receive their food," Fahey said in an email.
She added a large portion of the Midcoast area is not served although existing markets are saturated with vendors. Fahey said a market on Saturdays to supply the peninsula towns would be a strategic success.
Fahey and Dennett have been working closely with Colleen Hanlon-Smith, executive director of the Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets to begin forming a Thomaston Farmers Market Association.
"Once we have the support of the town and a location secured, we will continue our search for about 10 vendors to participate in the first year of the market and complete the incorporation of the Association," she said.
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