Forty-three vendors were chosen to participate in the town of Oakland’s first farmers market, held Thursday, Sept. 14. They displayed their produce, jewelry, pottery, food and drink, spices and more along the West Orange Trail and inside the Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland.
Sheena Willis is the owner of Orange Blossom Market Co., a market coordination service that organizes several local farmers markets, including the new one in Oakland. She said she was thrilled with the vendors and the community turnout.
“I am very pleased,” Willis said. “The town is a place you want to be; it’s very welcoming, so we stayed steady. I anticipate a lot of growth from here.”
Jessica Lovejoy, community outreach director for the town of Oakland, said the town wanted to focus on quality handmade items from local sources, and she, too, was pleased with the inaugural market’s attendance and vendor participation.
Willis said she has received great feedback from the first market and has received an increased number of applications for future markets.
“I will continue to find more unique vendors to add to the lineup,” she said.
The Oakland Farmers Market will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.