Artisans’ gallery, farmer’s market arrives at curling club

Andrew Wagstaff
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Relocation from train station complete after several weeks of preparation

AMHERST – Ice, brooms and stones have been replaced with artwork, crafts and vegetables as the transformation of the Amherst Curling Club to an artisans’ gallery and farmer’s market is complete.

The Amherst Artisans Train Station Gallery and farmer’s market will open at its new location at the Amherst Curling on Saturday, June 7. Among those local farmers and artisans on hand will be (from left) Del Seto, John Warner, John Helm and Ted Evans.

The Amherst Artisans Train Station Gallery will open at its new temporary home on Saturday, with the addition of a farmer’s market section dedicated to locally grown products.

The volunteers in the co-operative have spent three weeks on preparation work and are now ready for opening, which will take place on Saturday, June 7 – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the farmer’s market, and Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the artisans’ gallery.

“It was a significant challenge,” said John warner. “We started with a blank canvas that was an empty floor area, and then we solicited a number of friends who have helped us out to build displays at a very reasonable rate.”

So far 41 artisans have committed to space at the new location, covering everything from Christmas crafts to woodworking to artwork, and there is room for growth, according to Warner.

A separate section of the floor is marked off for the farmers’ market, which will be open to various local growers and products, depending on the season.

Having a Saturday morning market creates a great opportunity for farmers and clientele alike, according to local farmer Del Seto.

“The people we have met have said they would like to support us and come to the farmer’s market, but are not available to go to the markets currently operating on Friday,” said Seto. “ Saturday will give them the choice, so they won’t have to go so far to find fresh local food. They can get it all right at home without a long drive.”

Including a farmer’s market was always in the mandate of the artisans’ group, according to ted Evans, who said that aspect of the market will continue when they return to the train station location.

The key priority they are promoting is local – which means all of Cumberland County and the southern part of Westmorland County.

“Promotion of local is our dominant feature, and providing a venue that is open and easy for every one of us, including our clientele,” said Warner.

Anyone interested in booking space at the market can contact either John Warner at (667-3015) or Ted Evans at (667-9195).

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Amherst Artisans Train Station Gallery

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Westmorland County

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