Farming and the Local Market


GeorgeLocke-HeadshotOn a beautiful spring morning the signs were hung, the booths were full, and bushels of plants and baked goods were ready for business. All that was needed was the people.

And they came, lots of them. "By 1 in the afternoon I had stopped counting," says Harold Lamos, local farmer and entrepreneur. And then he smiled. "I guess this land is good for a lot of things besides just farming,"

Harold had purchase seven acres of land in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and saw a potential to help friends and neighbors and at the same time expose more people to the beauty of nature and the charm and variety of local artisans.

The Signs of a Farmers Market 

The 39-year-old farmer cleared the area and opened it to businesses and crafters within a 20-mile area of Ashland, New Hampshire, with the hope of attracting at least 10 or so to fill the benches he made from rescued timber cleared from a recently demolished barn. He also constructed a stage where local musicians are encouraged to perform while folks stroll about at the leisure.

As of this blog entry, he has filled all the benches and is hard pressed to keep up with those who want to be part of this "Open Air Market."

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