• Another market in town
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     | December 24,2012
     
    Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo

    Mort Brown of Timberloft Farms in West Rutland is one of the businesses at The Marketplace.

    There’s more than one winter farmers market in town.

    The Marketplace at 120 West St. (in the former Aubuchon store) is where local food vendors and crafts-people gather every Saturday.

    When the Rutland County Farmers Market decided not to operate a winter market, Diane Heleba organized one on her own, rounding up a number of local food and craft vendors.

    “It’s a producer-only market,” said Heleba, who was selling potatoes from her Center Rutland farm on Saturday.

    Wearing a bright red top with embroidered snowmen, Heleba said all the vendors at her market must make or grow their own goods.

    She said that’s the difference between The Marketplace and the Vermont Farmers Food Center, which operates a winter market at 251 West St.

    Heleba, a member of the Rutland County Farmers Market and a firm believer in a producer-only market, said she didn’t want to compete with vendors selling produce grown by someone else.

    The Marketplace has a selection of vendors that sell everything from eggs and maple syrup to knitted items and jewelry.

    The venue was open Friday evenings before Christmas, but Heleba said that was a “bust.” She said in the old days the downtown would be bustling on a Friday night.

    She said Saturdays so far have “been slow but steady.”

    The Marketplace is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through February.

    The following is a list of vendors:

    Kent Lane — One of a Kind Handmade ornaments, knit items, lighted birdhouses, handmade canes, hand sewn novelties and cat nip bags.

    Rays of Sunshine — Homemade breads and spreads and organically grown herbs and vegetables.

    K&S Ruane Maple Sugar Farm — Maple syrup made on their farm in Tinmouth. They also sell maple cream, jelly and candy, gift baskets and crocheted afghans.

    Heleba Potato Farm — The farm has 42 varieties of potatoes, hand dug, using vintage equipment.

    Diane’s Delights — Diane Heleba crochets baby booties, hand towels and Christmas decorations.

    Crafts by Sophia — Co-owners Sophia Noceti and Renie Holman sell handcrafted wood products for home and personal use.

    Crafts by Suzanne — Handcrafted jewelry, homemade candy and heat pillows.

    Cedar Hollow Farm — The farm’s specialty is fruity habanero jellies, sweet fruit jellies and gourmet caramel sauce.

    Taina and David Roynton — Lush Lamps

    Noreen’s Petals and Greens — Handmade holiday centerpieces.

    Vermont Country Bowls — Handcrafted wooden bowls made from various hardwoods.

    Stone’s Stones — Hand painted words and quirky sayings on Lake Champlain stones and handcrafted wooden ornaments.

    Missy and Marge — Mother and daughter make potholders, fleece blankets, fleece hats, scarves, and sun reflectors of rainbow prisms.

    Double C Cowgirl Couture — Handmade leather items

    Timberloft Farms — Producers of winter market items including winter squash, fresh eggs, baked goods, jams, jellies and pickles, aprons and fleece throws, and pendulum clocks.

    bruce.edwards@rutlandherald.com

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