Market on the Green ‘turning into a larger community event’

Market on the Green, Wednesdays 3-6pm, in New London is exploding with families and fun! Tristan Trybulski tries on the personality of a tiger with face painting. Artist Erin McGee Ferrell gives the final touches.

The Market on the Green, a farmers’ market held on the town common in New London, is bustling with activity reminiscent of a country fair.

Loads of families are  coming and enjoying the entertainment, vendor selections and free art activities all sponsored by the Center for the Arts serving the Lake Sunapee Region.

Market on the Green: Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, June 29-September 14

Ausbon Sargent Town Common, Main Street, New London

“Putting together live music, family entertainment, art and local agriculture…it’s a perfect combination,” said Annie Ballin, the Center’s executive director. “We have a great group of vendors. They are a friendly and talented group who enjoy what they do and are happy to share their wares and knowledge.”

Market-goers can get everything they need from prepared foods and meats, baked goods and produce, to specialty handmade gifts from local producers.

Rocky Cannoli of Newport does a steady business with market- goers looking for cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other treats.

“It’s  really turning into a larger community event where people gather to meet and visit with neighbors and friends from all over our region not just New London. The vendors are your neighbors too.”

At Market on the Green you’ll find fresh veggies from Muster Field Farm and Autumn Harvest Farm; baked goods from Rocky Cannoli, Stone Arch Bakery and New London Confections; pickles and jams from Autumn Harvest Farm and Cutting Farm… and more.

One market-goer shops the market each week to get a hot dog from Rocky Cannoli and fresh lemonade from Maine Squeeze, said Ballin, and another regularly buys condiments from Pam Ilg and Deb Coffin, Twin Fields Farm and Moose Country Gourmet. And a visitor from New York was amazed to find the perfect wedding present–a handmade lamp from one of the local potters at the market.

And there’s music and theater, a different act every week, and New London rec department runs games for the kids.

This is the market’s second season and attendance is about 450-500 people each week, many more than last year, according to Ballin.

For a list of products and vendors and 2011 performance schedule, go to:

www.marketonthegreen.com

“We really want people to experience the region…there is so much to do right here. There are 13 towns that encompass the Lake Sunapee Region and people should get to know the benefits of shopping locally and the entertainment and educational opportunities abound!”

For more info about the Center for the Arts, its programs and e-calendar of events, visit:

www.centerfortheartsnh.org

Photos provided by the Center for the Arts

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