West River Farmers Market kicks off season in Londonderry

Food, lemonade and art vendors line one side of last Saturday's West River Farmers Market. Click to launch gallery. All photos by Cynthia Prairie.

Food, lemonade and art vendors line one side of last Saturday’s West River Farmers Market. Click to launch gallery. All photos by Cynthia Prairie.

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Randy Hickins of Hickins Mountain Mowings Farm in Dummerston displays his early season pickles

The West River Farmers Market, at the flashing light at Route 11 and 100 in Londonderry, kicked off its 2015 season under bright but chilly skies. That didn’t dampen the spirits of the 40 or so vendors and their eager customers who all seemed pleased to be back after a long cold winter.

Farmers offered freshly picked vegetables and herb and vegetable plants, farm-fresh eggs, chicken, beef and pork products. Artists’ tables teemed with colorful, hand-thrown pottery, jewelry, knits and quilted items. And soap makers and beekeepers offered their wares to the crowds. And of course, food and beverage vendors kept the customers contented to stay and visit.

The market runs for the next 19 Saturdays — through Columbus Day weekend Oct.10 — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is plentiful and visitors are asked to leave their dogs safely at home and out of the heat, since dogs are not allowed in the market.

From left, Jamie and Jon Cohen of Deep Meadow Farm with customers.

From left, Jamie and Jon Cohen of Deep Meadow Farm with customers.

Beekeeper Brooke Decker and Autumn Morse of Ephraim Mountain Farm commiserate.

Beekeeper Brooke Decker and Autumn Morse of Ephraim Mountain Farm commiserate.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor for 30 years, having worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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