Upper Valley Farmers' Market Collaborative

The Upper Valley Farmers’ Market Collaborative brings the Upper Valley’s farmers’ markets together to help all markets succeed and to help farmers increase sales. The Collaborative began in December 2017.

How to Get Involved

There are many chances to be involved in the Collaborative, whether you are a market manager, on a market board, vend at a market, own a business near a market, or are a community member. We are currently planning our market improvement activities for 2018. There are opportunities to be on the Steering Committee, to give your input into 2018 priorities, and to help with 2018 projects once they begin. Please contact Nancy LaRowe at 802.291.0100 x106.

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UV Collaborative Background Information

Participating Farmers' Markets

Upper Valley Farmers’ Market Collaborative members include the Chelsea Farmers’ Market, the Norwich Farmers’ Market, the Hartland Farmers’ Market, the Royalton Farmers’ Market, the Springfield Farmers’ Market, the Greater Falls Farmers’ Market, the Lebanon Farmers’ Market, the Hanover Area Farmers’ Market, the Claremont Farmers’ Market (website to come), and the Newport Farmers’ Market. A map of markets in the Vital Communities service area can be found here: Map of markets. The Collaborative has a shared Facebook group.

Collaborative Steering Committee 2018

The Collaborative Steering Committee is still forming. If you wish to join the Committee, contact Nancy LaRowe at 802.291.9100×106.

Market Resources (to be added over time)

Power of Produce Clubs

Power of Produce (POP) Clubs are happening nationally as well as in the Upper Valley. A simple, fun, free program for children, POP Clubs provide activities and market money to participating children. Learn more at our POP Club page.

Vendor Recruitment Resources

A few vendor recruitment guides. It’s worth looking at other resources from these sources as well.

This project is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Farmers’ Market Promotion Program, agreement AM170100XXXXG127.

Calendar

July 2018

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  • Woodstock Farmers' Market
  • Hanover Area Farmers' Market
  • West Hartford Farmers' Market
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  • Royalton Farmers' Market
  • Lebanon Farmers' Market
  • Feast & Field Market
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  • Chelsea Farmers' Market
  • Newport Farmers' Market
  • Greater Falls Farmers' Market
  • Hartland Farmers' Market
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  • Woodstock Farmers' Market
  • Hanover Area Farmers' Market
  • West Hartford Farmers' Market
  • NOFA Famer Pizza Social
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  • Royalton Farmers' Market
  • Lebanon Farmers' Market
  • Feast & Field Market
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  • Chelsea Farmers' Market
  • Newport Farmers' Market
  • Greater Falls Farmers' Market
  • Hartland Farmers' Market
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  • Woodstock Farmers' Market
  • Hanover Area Farmers' Market
  • West Hartford Farmers' Market
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  • Royalton Farmers' Market
  • Lebanon Farmers' Market
  • Feast & Field Market
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  • Chelsea Farmers' Market
  • Newport Farmers' Market
  • Greater Falls Farmers' Market
  • Hartland Farmers' Market
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  • Woodstock Farmers' Market
  • Hanover Area Farmers' Market
  • West Hartford Farmers' Market
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  • Royalton Farmers' Market
  • Lebanon Farmers' Market
  • Feast & Field Market
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  • Chelsea Farmers' Market
  • Newport Farmers' Market
  • Greater Falls Farmers' Market
  • Hartland Farmers' Market
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Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Part of Vital Communities' Valley Food & Farm team since 2012, Becka fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vermont, with her family.



Beth Roy

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 105

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— Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Lauren Griswold

Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

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Valley Quest, Food & Farm

— Lauren Griswold, Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

Lauren Griswold joined Vital Communities in May 2017 to coordinate Power of Produce (POP) clubs at Upper Valley farmers' markets and farmstands. In August 2017 she became our Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, in addition to her role as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant. Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainable agriculture took her out West, where she served as a garden educator in Bend, Oregon. After an enriching chapter in the high desert, Lauren is thrilled to be back in central Vermont. She is passionate about the rich communities and natural beauty of the Upper Valley, and enjoys engaging the next generation with wonder and enthusiasm about this special place. In her free time, Lauren can be found mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, knitting, and savoring meals with friends and family.



Nancy LaRowe

Local First Manager and Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 106

Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Local First Manager and Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich, Vt. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.