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February 6, 2014

Farmers' Market recruiting new vendors

The Cooperstown Farmers Market is recruiting new vendors for the 2014 season.

“If you produce a high quality food product which is uniquely local, farm-raised or hand-made featuring locally grown ingredients or materials, you may be interested in selling your product at our Farmers’ Market,” said Lyn Weir, manager of the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and Agricultural Programs at Otsego 2000.

Weir announces that, in addition to sponsoring the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market since 1991, Otsego 2000 is also launching a survey of food and agricultural entrepreneurs to further their endeavors.

In particular, the survey is intended to determine the demand for a commercial kitchen.

“All food entrepreneurs within a 50 mile radius who need access to a commercial kitchen should respond to this survey. It’s crucial to recognize our community’s needs before we go further,” Weir said.

To access this survey use link:  http://questionpro.com/t/AKjbzZQdMe.

The market features 25-30 vendors and operates year round.

“We’re the only heated market in the region, and we receive approximately 42,000 visits a year,” Weir said. “We’re looking for six to eight new part-time vendors. The Tuesday market in July and August also has room to grow if new vendors are interested.”

Current markets have had produce, meats, baked goods, dairy products, wine and spirits, and artisan crafts for sale.

Demonstrating an inclusive response to various needs in the community, the Farmers’ Market has developed a niche among customers with dietary restrictions by offering organic, grass fed, soy free, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free specialties.

Weir said she advises perspective vendors to look the list over to see where their product might fit in the merchandise mix. “What do you grow or make that we don’t have?” she said. “That is the question you should be asking, to see if there is a good fit between vendor and market.”

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