First Winter Farmers Market a success
It was late Saturday morning at the Island's first Winter Farmers Market in the West Tisbury Ag Hall, and Oak Bluffs metalsmith John Roriz and Kate Collins, a respiratory therapist at the hospital, stood debating which of the Little Rock Farms soups was best, kale or butternut. And they were both right.
Hundreds of Islanders hailed the event as a success.
"People have asked me: can we do this every two weeks?" said event co-founder Deborah Koines. Linda Alley, the other co-founder, took a minute from selling her jams and jellies to add, "I don't know if we can. We'll have to see what kind of produce we'd have."
"We never get to do this at the summer markets. Everybody's too busy working to go," said Jill Macy of West Tisbury, munching on a just-purchased carrot. "I'll be here every month," she said.
The participating vendors, nearly 20 strong, were also satisfied. By noon, little more than crumbs remained on the table at The Orange Peel Bakery.
David and Angela Rhoderick are committed to eating locally grown food and to the sense of community they were experiencing. "We need more of these community events like this and the Barn Raisers Ball last weekend." Kevin Keady and his band entertained, and neighbor met and greeted neighbor. The Winter Farmer's Market was a clear winner out of the gate.