Last year – in the cold weeks of winter -- a bunch of Charlotte Community neighbors gathered around Pat O’Neill’s dining room table to talk about starting a Farmer’s Market in Charlotte. Six months later, that hardy … and by then very tired … bunch gathered again to marvel at their achievement.
It was a whole summer of activity. Every Monday. Hundreds of visitors each week!
This Monday, June 13th, when the Lakeside Farmers Market at the Port of Charlotte enters its second year, they’ll get to marvel again at what a few dedicated people can create.
The same team is still there: Maryanne Warfle, Pam Postgate O’Neill, Kellie Lewis, Kathy Strauss, and Matt and Jalen Juda – but this time with reinforcements. They’ve got Robert Putney and Elizabeth Carey of ImpactEarth contracted to help run things.
This couple – founders of the Zero Waste Project (which will be the subject of a whole other blog post!) – are helping farmers’ markets throughout the community take on the massive logistics of running an operation every week through rain and sleet and heat and … marketing and advertising and administration and all the other things that go into making a market successful.
They also manage some other markets throughout Rochester including Pittsford Village Community Farmers Market, the Churchville Community Farmers Market and Macedon Farmers Market.
The Lakeside Market – which runs through the summer every Monday at the corner of Stutson Street and Lake Ave from 4:00 – 7:00, is located in the parking lot next to Hose 22.
There are some old friends and some new ones among vendors including Bozza Pasta, Farmhouse Table, Shady Lane Farms, Camman Acres, Lagoner Farms, Wholly Cheeses, Florida Nut House, Jackie’s Jams and Jellies and Deconinck Farms.
And they have room for more. (Craft vendors, too!) Anyone interested should contact Robert@impactearthinc.org.
But what’s really amazing is that these folks are accomplishing something exciting and great in Charlotte … when there were lots of people who told them they would fail.
Congratulations to these community leaders. You really are living up to your motto of “Building a Community with Local Ingredients”!