The Rockland Farmers’ Market held the first of its annual business meetings on Jan. 21 to elect officers and begin the process of planning the new season.

Caitlin Hunter of Appleton Creamery in Appleton was re-elected president. Ruth Maxfield of Aunt Polly’s Pantry in Rockland was re-elected secretary/vice president. John Barnstein of Maine-ly Poultry in Warren was re-elected treasurer.

Market dates were set for opening May 20 and closing Oct. 28. The market will set up Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine, in Harbor Park in Rockland. Last year was the market’s 18th season.

The Rockland Farmers’ Market is seeking additional vendors for the 2010 season. The market currently has approximately 14 full-time vendors, and offers a wide array of locally grown and produced items, including seedlings, annuals and perennials; a full spectrum of fresh, organic vegetables and herbs; goat, sheep and cow dairy products; fresh catch fish; all-natural chicken, beef and lamb; artisan breads, pies and cookies; jellies, jams and preserves; fresh and dried flower arrangements; maple syrup and eggs; cut flowers; prepared Asian food; and soap.

The market is seeking to expand its product range and is looking for additional vendors of apples, cider, strawberries and other small fruit, meat, honey, and mushrooms. In addition to full-time memberships, seasonal four-week memberships are also available. Those with products not listed can still apply to join the market.

The market is a nonprofit organization, established in 1992, to provide a capability for Midcoast farmers and related-product vendors to offer their products directly to consumers. The market is guided by a set of rules and by-laws. Members must go through an application process, pay dues, and carry all required state licenses and insurance. Meetings are held through the winter to plan for the upcoming season, and all members are expected to attend and participate in the running of the market.

A membership application and guidelines can be downloaded from rocklandfarmersmarket.org. New applicants with products the market committee may see a need for will be invited to attend the next business meeting and make a presentation. For more information, e-mail info@rocklandfarmersmarket.org.