By Kathy Johnson
THE COAST GUARD
While the initial meeting is still days away, a proposal to start a community market that would promote buying local goods is ‘taking off like crazy,’ says organizer Cindy Embree.
A brainchild of Shelburne County Women’s Fishnet, organizers are holding a public meeting on Feb. 28 at the Sable River Community Hall starting at 1 pm to gather input and suggestions on the idea. “I can see this growing,” said Embree. “There’s a lot of support in the community. We have four suggestions already on possible locations.”
Gardening plants and houseplants, local produce and seafood, and arts and crafts are among the goods and wares that could be sold at a community market, said Embree.
With uncontrolled access on the 103 Highway in three communities as it passes through Shelburne County (Clyde River, Jordan River, Sable River), Embree says that alone offers an excellent retail opportunity. “I can see us developing a Sable River market,” said Embree. “We would love to see markets in every community.”
Before any decisions are made, Embree said organizers would like community input on the idea. “We want to brainstorm like crazy with a big, open community meeting,” she said. “We’re reaching out to any organization that wants to help us. We’re inviting everyone to get involved.”
What scope a community market could cover, possible locations, publicity and promotion, what licenses would be needed and food handling regulations adhered to are among the topics up for discussion at the Feb. 28 meeting.
Anyone wanting more information on the meeting can contact Embree at 656-2793, or Alice Lloyd at 874-1858.
Roadside market idea 'taking off like crazy'
By Kathy Johnson
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