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.