Farmers Market Coming To Bowdoinham

Special to The Times Record

BOWDOINHAM — The Bowdoinham Department of Community and Economic Development has been working with a group of local farmers and residents on bringing a farmers' market back to Bowdoinham.

The market will hold an organizational meeting on Monday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coombs Municipal Building in Bowdoinham on School Street. Any area farmer or producer is encouraged to attend to hear the details and operating rules of the market and receive an application for the 2008 season. Applications are due by April 15.

The market will be located at the Merrymeeting Grange at 27 Main St. in the heart of the village. The first day of the market will be June 20 and it will continue through Nov. 1. The hours of the market will be Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The market will sell a range of fresh local produce, food and farm products. This project will allow many of the new and existing farmers in the town of Bowdoinham and surrounding areas to have access directly to the local customers. In addition to operating in the traditional manner of the farmer representing themselves at the grange, the market will allow the farmers to form a cooperative to share an employee to sell for multiple farmers. The cooperative option will allow the farmers to attend larger markets or to spend more time farming rather than having to do retail sales themselves.

"I see this project as a win-win for many parties," wrote Tony Cox, director of the Bowdoinham Department of Community and Economic Development, in a press release Monday. "The Merrymeeting Grange is in need of some money to address maintenance issues on their historic Main Street building, the farmers need a retail outlet closer to their fields, consumers want access to fresh food closer to their homes, and the additional sustainable economic activity fits nicely into our future growth goals for the Town of Bowdoinham."

For more information on the March 31 meeting or to receive a copy of the market rules and by-laws contact Tony Cox at 666-5531 or by e-mail at