It's been decided. We had a meeting of the minds last Wednesday, and for this season, the Wellfleet Farmers' Market will run through October 10th. That means we'll be there this week, and next week, and the one after that. Beyond that, Orleans is open through November 17th, and then the season ends.
But if you're a farmer, or a faithful customer, tell me. Do you want it to end there? Does anyone else out there wish we could keep going through the winter? We have a space. And we have a few brave souls willing to be there. What we need is some more produce, some more energy. Anyone with a hoophouse want to join us? Root crops? A cellar full of apples or pears?
Just imagine: It's December, Wednesday, early a.m. You grab a coffee from Marissa, a spinach pie from Dianne. You head over to the produce farmers—they've got greens, carrots, turnips, beets. You get a head of cabbage, some nice storage onions, a few heads of garlic. You buy cheese. You buy meat. You pick up a jar of bacon jam. There's a bread vendor, one who bakes fresh that morning with good whole grains. You have lunch. You have dinner. You are stocked, maybe even for a week.
This is not a pipe dream. This is the reality at my parents' farmers' market, in Brunswick, Maine. It is colder there. The winters are longer. There is more farmland, maybe, and more winter energy, but there are plenty of locals willing to drive to shop at a winter market here. Remember the one in Marstons Mills? There was a whole carpool of Wellfleetians headed down there.
If you want to help me make this happen, please write. You can leave a comment here, and it will go straight to my inbox. Or you can stop by tomorrow and see me at the market. I'm putting a list together of people who share this vision, and the dreaming starts here.