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New London's
“Market on the Green”

by Katie Salvatore

New London’s Market on the Green

New London’s “Market on the Green” is a charming jamboree of local products and wonderful vendors, farmers and crafters who come together from all around the area bringing their goods to market throughout the year.

The summer markets take place every Wednesday between late June and early September on the New London Town Green between 3 and 6 pm. To say that the Market runs rain or shine would be an understatement. Come flood, lightning, or heat wave, it shall be there: the vendors bravely staked out and assuming their tent holding positions against the tearing wind.

In the center of the market is the town gazebo, where live local musicians play for the duration of the market. They vary from instrumental to folk to light pop, all with the band's unique twist. A story teller once came and enthralled the children and some musicians bring instruments for the audience to join in with.

Although the tents are conveniently gathered together around the gazebo, there is still plenty of room to sit while listening to music, to picnic, or even to dance. Dogs are welcomed, as long as they are leashed and they are cleaned up after.

Vendors come from around the area to peddle fresh and local produce, baked goods and meat, as well as locally made crafts like cards, bags and baskets, and pottery. Several farms, including Muster Field Farm, bring a wide variety of their freshest harvest and members of the farm are there to share their knowledge with you on all of their products.

Bakers offer breads, gigantic cookies, cakes, macaroons, and some allergen friendly options (like gluten free); special dog treats and toys are also sold. In addition there is fresh, and incredibly natural, ice cream from Sanctuary Farms in Sunapee.

There are cards, prints, and books from local artists, as well as handmade oil cloth products, baskets, head bands, cutting boards, soaps, and pottery. It’s a wonderful place to do your grocery shopping (fresher and often cheaper than at stores), early Christmas shopping, or just pick up a homegrown product and support (as well as meet) the local artists directly.

In the winter, the Market leaves the Green and moves next door into Whipple Hall: the large brick building to the right of the Green when looking at the gazebo from Main Street. It’s attached to the police station and has a large WWII statue in front of it; for New Londoners, it’s where they vote.

Normally, the hall is entered by the side door: coming through the sheltered vestibule, then turning left. It becomes a smaller market, down to around ten vendors, but there is still an ample array assembled.

Farms offer winter produce, like potatoes and radishes, as well as canned jams, sauces, and chutneys with summer sealed inside; there’s meat and baked goods, as well as soups and hot beverages to enjoy at the table set up in the center of the hall. No live music graces shoppers, only speakers with pleasant, seasonally appropriate music.

The winter schedule changes to the third Saturday of the month from October to December (or as needed to accommodate the Holidays: the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and the one just before Christmas), then come January, it’s the fourth Saturday every month until April. During this season the market takes place from 10 am to 1:30 pm.

For food, crafts, or just a fun afternoon, the New London market is the perfect place. Independent of the season or weather, the Market on the Green is a wonderful hallmark in the community that will hopefully continue to grow and keep our area unique and thriving!

 

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