2017-10-26 / Front Page

Farmers' Market to Host Common Spirit Celebration

Applications now being accepted to vend at holiday festival 


Northfield, VT, Oct. 14, 2017 — Northfield Farmers’ Market will host The Common Spirit Celebration, an old-fashioned, European-style outdoor Christmas market on the Common (also known as Depot Square) in conjunction with the town’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 13-9 p.m.  Applications are now being accepted from farmers, food vendors, crafters, artists, church groups and other organizations for this special market event where folks can buy holiday gifts locally in one fun, festive place. 
“You don’t have to travel to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Paris or Germany to enjoy a traditional outdoor Christmas market,” said Mary Nadon Scott, president of Northfield Farmers’ Market (NFM). “You can savor mulled cider, artisanal handcrafts, yummy treats and holiday music right here in Northfield. The Common Spirit is a perfect way for to share good cheer and celebrate community spirit together — and to buy local for your everyone on your gift list.” 
The Common Spirit market will use a “Fees for Food” vendor cost program in which all fees for this special market event will donated to The Vermont Foodbank. Each $10 seasonal vendor fee will buy three meals, and each $30 day vendor fee will buy 50 meals for Vermonters in need.  This special holiday event is part of the Market’s winter season that starts Sunday, Nov. 5, and is held indoors monthly at Norwich University’s Plumley Armory through April 8.
The Common Spirit will be Northfield’s first outdoor winter market, an event that has become a tradition stateside as a refreshing alternative to the holiday big-box shopping frenzy.  Folks can leisurely stroll around the farm, food and craft stands on the Common, as well as Depot Square businesses including Depot Square Pizzeria, O’Maddi’s Delaraunt, Craft Beer Armory, Cornerstone Burger, and Good Measure Brewing Co. A nearby indoor venue will house artists requiring a climate-controlled environment for their works. Lighting, spot heaters, fire pits, snow-free tent spaces and walking paths will create a comfortable, festive winter atmosphere for Santa’s arrival, expected by fire truck amid great fanfare. 
Norwich University student volunteers will assist with vendor set-up and tear-down, snow removal and sanding if needed, and traffic control. Off-street parking will be available at the Northfield Police Department. Leashed pets are welcome with responsible owner clean-up. 
Download a vendor application packet at http://www.northfieldfarmersmarketvt.org/index.html, or contact Cassie Morse, Market Manager, at northfieldfarmersmarketvt@gmail.com or 802-485-8586 for more information. 

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