Mixed review for Market’s summer

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Oxford resident Chnaut Gray works on a word search while waiting for customers at the Amherst Farmers Market. Eric Sparling – Amherst Daily News

AMHERST – Harriet Burbine has been a vendor at the Amherst market for 17 years. She’s sold used books and crafts this summer. It hasn’t been a good season, said the secretary-treasurer of the Amherst Farmers Market.

“I think it’s been slow [money wise],” she said Friday morning, sitting behind her table.

“We didn’t have the tourists in that we usually have.”

Burbine blames a number of causes for the perceived decline, including the missing Northport bridge – now repaired – and the proliferation of local markets in the communities of Oxford, Springhill, Pugwash, Sackville and Parrsboro.

“There’s not the dollars around,” she said.

Geographic location: AMHERST, Northport, Oxford Parrsboro

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  • Larry Fowler
    September 15, 2011 - 20:53

    Dito!! i am usually in Amherst for a few weeks every summer from Ontario and when someone mentioned the Farmer's Market i headed down to see it on SATURDAY! Who the hell would have a market running on a week day! Everybodys at work! Out of touch with the rest of the real world! I hear that is a problem in Amherst. :o) Hmm, wonder why i left 50 yrs ago.

  • Emily
    September 12, 2011 - 08:32

    I could never understand why the Amherst Farmer's Market is held during the week. For anyone who works, it's next to impossible to get there. If Amherst held their Farmer's Market on the weekend, I think there would be a huge difference in the number of people who attend. With all the work that's being done downtown, a Farmer's Market held on the weekend would bring locals and tourist a like back to the downtown center and might even breathe some (much needed) new life into the town. Check out Sackville's Farmer's Market any Saturday morning, it's fantastic and I've always wished that Amherst could step-up to the plate and try something similar.