By Barbara Tetreault
BERLIN — Plans are advancing for a Berlin Community Market to continue the tradition of a farmers market in the city.
Meeting regularly, a committee has decided to establish a market to replace the Local Works Farmers Market that WREN decided to move to the Gorham Town Common this year.
The Berlin Community Market will be held on Tuesdays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning July 11. The location will move from Pleasant Street to lower Main Street to create a downtown experience. Vendors complained that the Pleasant Street location lacked shade and was hot. The new location, with vendors set up in several downtown parks, and the later market time, should eliminate that issue.
Traffic will be closed on the lower half of Main Street but will continue on the upper section for businesses there that need access.
The committee is seeking vendors, producers and artists to participate in the market, which is being sponsored by the Berlin Main Street Program.
Organizers Kathy Trumbull and Sylvia Poulin stressed the market is not competing with the Gorham one and they hope vendors will consider participating in both markets.
The Local Works Farmers Market will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays on the Gorham Town Common. The first market there starts June 8 and they will run through Oct. 19.
Trumbull said the two markets are on different days of the week so people can take advantage of both or people can opt to attend one of the other, depending on their schedule, and where they live or work.
“We believe that having two markets will raise the awareness overall of farmers markets,” she said. “For Berlin, it was also a community social event with frequent pop-up meetings, conversations, and hugs from missed friends. We want to maintain that for Berlin, too,” Trumbull said.
For more information on the Berlin Community Market go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BerlinCommunityMarket/?fref=nf.