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Like a breath of fresh air, Kelsey Skolnik stood up at the Aug. 27 selectmen’s meeting and volunteered to manage the Farmers Market next year. Her offer came just as Town Manager Jodi Ross voiced hope that someone would step up.
“I’m hoping we can find someone outside of town staff to manage the market next year,” said Ross.
Since July 9 when it opened for the season, municipal staff workers have been taking turns running the market. Founded in 2007 by resident Gloria Tu Gilbert, the market ran each spring to fall continuously until last year when Gilbert bowed out and the market was subsequently canceled. Ross and her staff members resurrected it this season.
Things have gone so well that on Tuesday, selectmen voted unanimously to extend the Farmers Market by four weeks. Instead of ending on Aug. 27, the market will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the town Common, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Ross said Skolnik’s involvement is a possibility, but the details won’t get worked out until next spring.
Skolnik said she teaches cooking and the Westford Farmers Market is her favorite market in the area.
“I focus a lot on seasonality and working with farmers and the Westford Farmers Market is actually one of my favorites and I was so happy when you guys brought it back,” she said.
Watch the entire selectmen’s meeting at westfordcat.org.