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Main Street Inc. takes over to keep winter market alive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:34


    Port Washington’s winter farmers market will continue this year after all.            Port Main Street Inc., which runs the summer farmers market, is taking over the reins after former organizers Pat and Amy Wilborn announced earlier this year that they would not continue the market.
    The first market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at First Congregational Church.
    “When we heard Pat and Amy weren’t going to do it this year, we thought ‘That’s a shame,’” said Annie Bahringer, who with Jennifer Sapiro is organizing the market. “It’s been established and pretty popular. We want to continue the tradition.”
    So far, there are about five vendors signed up to sell everything from canned good, jellies, pickled items, fresh eggs, baked goods and produce from Wellspring Farms.
    The women hope to add to that number before next weekend’s market, however.
    “We’d like to have about a dozen vendors,” Bahringer said. “We’re looking for produce mainly, food products made here — honey, meats.”
    They’d also like to add locally made handcrafted items, she said.
    They are looking to supplement the products with entertainment, such as live music and perhaps a children’s storytime so youngsters are occupied while their parents shop, she said.
    Even as the market continues at First Congregational Church, its traditional location, Bahringer said the women are seeking a downtown location, especially since the Main Street district encompasses downtown.
    “It is a Main Street project, but everything’s booked or leased,” she said.
    The second market of the season is set for Dec. 16 at First Congregational Church, although Bahringer said the women are looking for a venue to hold a market on Dec. 9.
    “We want to hold it a couple times before Christmas and then maybe once a month after,” she said.
    But above all, she said, the women want to continue the sense of community that a market engenders.    
    “The summer farmers market is so wonderful and such a great community gathering,” Bahringer said. “We just wanted to continue that kind of community feeling and make it a destination.”
    Anyone interested in a booth at the winter farmers market is asked to send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .    Daily Press