NECC Farmers Market names winners of face mask contest
MILLERTON — Open air good times are available every weekend as the North East Community Center’s (NECC) Millerton Farmers Market continues to provide seasonal offerings on the grounds of the Methodist Church at 6 Dutchess Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday.
According to John Nowak, Farmers Market manager for the community center, while the market has had to shrink a bit to ensure safe distances for all during the coronavirus pandemic, the event continues to present a wide variety of offerings, with music from the Berkshire Stompers, who have performed every weekend.
Each Saturday, they attract shoppers looking for local produce, baked goods, cheese, meats, maple syrup and honey from the 10 regular vendors as well as specialty items such as artwork from “drop-in” artisan vendors who are at the market three to six times over the season. Every other week, fresh-cut flowers are also available.
Nowak said that the market has been proceeding “very well” despite the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that while the number of customers is down from last year, the amount purchased has remained the same, with people buying larger amounts when they shop.
In order to keep everyone safe, a number of measures, including distance markers respecting 6 feet of separation are in place, but he noted that so far customers are being “very compliant” as everyone wears face masks and respects the rules that are in place. As a result, his job is made easier since he has had to speak to very few people to remind them of the policies.
Throughout the month of August, the market conducted a popular face mask competition, taking photos of anyone who wanted to enter during a three week period. Those photos were posted on a display board at end of the competition for vendors, who voted to determine the winners.
Category winners were: Deb McEvilly, most creative; Lois Musgrove, best kids; Natalie Pere, most beautiful; and Mcnair Scott, most effective. Winners should stop by the Manager’s Tent at the market to claim their prizes.
Nowak said because the mask competition was so popular, it will be repeated at some point during fall market days.
For more information, including safety measures that have been enacted at the farmers market, go to www.neccmillerton.org/farmers-market.