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LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood Farmers Market has made a comeback for the summer after being put on hold for the last three years due to COVID-19, bringing opportunities for new and returning vendors.
Considering it’s been a few years since Lakewood was able to host the farmers market, the vendor turnout was a little underwhelming when things kicked off this season, but officials are staying hopeful.
“This is our first year doing this in three years, so without having it for so long it was a little tough trying to get people to sign up just because we compete with Mayville on Thursdays and there’s a huge farmer’s market in Jamestown and really all over the place. I’m happy with what’s happening here,” said Lakewood Deputy Clerk and Planning Coordinator, Julie Toennis..
According to Toennis, anyone can become a vendor and set up at the market, however it is required to bring a tent that can be weighted down as one will not be provided.
“It’s got to be all homemade stuff, just give us a call at the Village Hall in Lakewood and we can get you signed up,” explained Toennis. “We just make sure that the street is blocked off at night, and nobody gets in any of the parking spots, then they come and get set up. They’re a really great group of folks to work with.”
Village officials say one of the main aspects that makes this event so successful, is it’s planning coordinator Julie Toennis, and they aren’t the only ones applauding her work.
“I’m very happy that Miss Julie made such a good opportunity for everybody,” said vendor, Mario. He then went on to explain that the market and Toennis’ work has created a good opportunity for not only those working the market currently, but to everyone who does artisan work.
“We’re hoping to bring Lakewood back to life after COVID,” said Toennis.
The Lakewood Farmers Market is still accepting vendor applications at this time, and is open for shopping every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
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