Last year, the Farmers’ Market booth housed a donation jar meant to build a new arbor to replace the one that had weathered with years of happy people walking beneath it to peruse the produce and goods spread across the market green at Crystal Spring Farm. Over the past month, community member Rip Swan and BTLT Summer Intern Dylan Sloan have been working on constructing an arbor to act as an entrance way for the Farmers’ Market. Similar to the existing arbor at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, the new structure is meant to frame the entrance of the Farmers’ Market space between the parking lot and the individual farm stands.
The arbor is constructed from stripped cedar logs and stands about 10 feet tall. The wood was acquired from a donor in Belgrade, Maine who graciously offered the lumber to BTLT. The initial idea for the structure came up last summer, but with so much going on at Crystal Springs Farm it proved challenging to find time to build the arbor. However, with the Farmer’s Market space significantly less busy this summer after the relocation of the weekly Farmer’s Market to Brunswick High School, the project was finally brought to life. Hopefully, visitors to the Farmer’s Market will be able to enjoy the arbor before too long!