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Caledonia Farmers’ Market Marks Years:

Fresh fruits and vegetables will make you smile

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Fresh fruits and vegetables will make you smile
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Olivia and Nick Heltzel, eager to share the transformation of Inch by Inch Permaculture.

On a Saturday morning in May, dozens of vendors were setting up their first open-air market of the season as an eager crowd pulled into parking spaces, children scurried in and out of booths, and smiles all around confirmed the sense of a festival unfolding. The Caledonia Farmers’ Market will mark 50 years with a celebration at its St. Johnsbury site on June 18.

This year’s vibrant market shows how local resilience and determination pulled the market through the extremes of a global pandemic, as vendors and buyers circulate in outdoor air, free to savor bright-colored vegetables just hours from the fields, home-baked bread and cookies, maple syrup, grass-raised beef, flowers, vegetable starts, seeds, Jamaican meals, tacos, roasted coffee, kettle corn and crafts that emerge from local skills in wood, soapmaking, and herbs.

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Mary Skovsted and her hanging baskets at Joe’s Brook Farm. 

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Susan Monahan and Hisa Kominami and their sons at Roots Too Farm. 

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Derrick Samuels and his Genuine Jamaican meals at the market.

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Co-manager Curtis Sjolander tends to last-minute set-up details on a market morning.