The Vermont Farmers Food Center, a nonprofit creation of the
Vermont Farmers' Market, located on 251 West Street, Rutland, will
open its doors Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. It will be the permanent
home of the Winter Farmers' Market which will operate every
Saturday throughout the winter months until it closes May 11. The
Farmers' Market will then move to its traditional summer location
at Depot Park in Rutland.
The former Mintzer site has been extensively renovated and
includes a handicapped-accessible rest room and plenty of free
off-street parking. Approximately 50 farmers, specialty food
vendors, and local artisans will welcome shoppers and visitors to
their new winter home.
Local musicians will provide live music on opening day and
volunteers will be available and ready to talk about the Center.
They will answer questions about future plans that include a
commercial kitchen, food and cooking classes, storage, freezer and
processing areas for farmers to fast-freeze foods.
The Vermont Farmers Food Center will host food festivals during
the summer months when the Farmers' Market moves to Depot Park. The
Vermont Foodbank will also move to the Vermont Farmers Food Center
where it will open its southwestern Vermont Distribution
To celebrate, at approximately 11 a.m. a parade of well-wishers
and bike enthusiasts will travel the long-planned Bike Path which
will open at Georgetti Park and will end at East Creek near the
Vermont Farmers Food Center.
Come and welcome the Vermont Farmers Food Center, the Winter
Farmers' Market, the Vermont Foodbank and the long-awaited Bike
Path. See the new Center and hear about the exciting plans
for the Center's future.