If you’ve traveled past Crystal Spring Farm any time in the last few weeks, you will have noticed an imposing new structure on the Farmers’ Market green – a brand-new arbor built of sturdy cedar to withstand many seasons of the same wind and weather that eventually did in the previous arbor. The new arbor is the work of BTLT member Rip Swan, who volunteered his labor and who, along with his mother, donated most of the materials to build the arbor. He was ably assisted by BTLT summer intern Dylan Sloan, who worked with Rip on a couple of the hottest days of the summer to dig holes and frame up the structure. Rip drafted his brother Harry Swan to put the finishing touches on the arbor’s “roof.”
The market green was a lonely place in 2020, with the market relocated first to the Brunswick High School parking lot and in September to the Flight Deck parking lot at Brunswick Landing. The relocation was necessary to enable us to spread the market out to ensure the safety of vendors and shoppers alike, and we are deeply grateful to both BHS and Flight Deck for making it possible.
October 31 was the last day of the 2020 market season. Fortunately the day, which started with temperatures in the low 20s, eventually warmed to a (relatively) balmy and sunny 43. It was the last day on the job for Jacqui Koopman, who is retiring after 7 years of able and committed leadership. We sadly bid farewell both to Jacqui and, for now, to you, our loyal customers. We hope to be able to greet you at Crystal Spring Farm again next May and look forward to seeing you step through this magnificent new arbor onto our beloved market green.