Indoor farmers market offers a glimpse of what’s to come
More than 30 vendors and scores of grateful customers packed the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center main hall for an indoor farmers market on April 27.
The customers not only appreciated the variety of the vendors’ wares but the fact that the sturdy walls and the roof of the center provided welcome shelter from the gusts of wind that punished the valley that day.
The event, under the name of Spring Fling, served as a kickoff for the farmers market season, although the actual Quincy Farmers Market will not start until June 1 at Lauzier Park.
“This is the first time we have ever done it,” said LeeAnnette Fortier, board member of the Quincy Farmers Market, adding that there might be a holiday-themed indoor market around Christmastime, as well.
Micaiah McCreary, co-president of the Quincy Farmers Market, said the plan is to make this springtime indoor market an annual event for April.
The Spring Fling saw regulars to the outdoor farmers market, such as Trinity Gardens, show up and share space alongside newcomers, such as Josh Bennett’s petunia stand.
Bennett, who recently moved to the area from Florida, said he liked the chance to meet a lot of new people.
“It’s nice, because we are out of the cold and the wind,” he said. “It’s just awesome, close quarters and everybody is happy.”
In addition, the looser rules at the Spring Fling allowed businesses like a Scentsy vendor to have a booth, as well. The outdoor farmers markets tend to have rules about allowing only handmade or locally grown products, McCreary said, but the Spring Fling’s regulations are a little more open.
“Anybody can come and sell something,” she said, adding that the Spring Fling almost ran out of space.
The Port of Quincy sponsored the event and let the Quincy Farmers Market folks use the center for free, Fortier said, while McCreary praised the broad variety of vendors at the Spring Fling.
“A lot of good stuff here,” McCreary said.
One such bit of good stuff was the dreamcatcher Blewett Pass’ Judy Carrick was making out of a spool of grapevine branches and dog hair yarn.
“It’s from the undercoat of double-coated breeds like Samoyeds and Malamutes,” she said. “This is from a Samoyed.”
This was Carrick’s first time at a Quincy farmers market.
“It’s nice inside,” she said. “I’ve seen that weather out there.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org