Monthly farmer's market coming to Melissa

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Grassroot Markets purports to provide resources and consulting to help its vendors grow and thrive

This week marks the debut of Melissa’s Farm and Artisan Market. Beginning April 10 it will be held from 2-6 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month in the open-air plaza behind Melissa City Hall, 341 Barker Avenue. Food and produce vendors will be on hand as well as artisans and crafters looking to sell their goods.  This event will be free and open to the public.

The market is hosted by Grassroot Markets, a Melissa-based company founded earlier this year. It plans to focus on bringing farmer's markets back to the small towns they benefit the most. According to the company website, the markets its hosts are designed to take place on a recurring schedule in towns across the state.  This schedule was created as a way to help vendors connect with new customers and not become stagnant by selling in the same place week after week.

Grassroot Markets purports to provide resources and consulting to help its vendors grow and thrive. The company’s stated goals are to provide markets that connect community with local small businesses, promote knowledge of how products are made and what’s is available, and to create a family-friendly shopping experience that benefits the community. It also aims to help entrepreneurs and small businesses reach more customers.

Visitors will be encouraged but not required to wear masks or face coverings. All vendors and event staff over the age of 10 will be required to wear them unless prior arrangements were made due to health issues. They will also be required to provide hand sanitizer and take other measures that limit hand-to-hand contact.

Dogs are welcome at the market though owners must keep them on a leash and pick up after them. Payment methods for goods will be left up to the discretion of each vendor.