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Sebec Village Farmer's Market opens

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 34, August 21, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

Observer Photo/Sarah MacIlroy
GROCERY SHOPPING OLD-FASHIONED STYLE Market Manager-Annabelle Kelman, left, and Brittany Fariel work in the new farmer's market in Sebec. The market, which carries everything from fishing gear to groceries to fresh green beans, is part of the Sebec Village Shops ; which include the U.S. Post Office and eventually a cafe/bakery.

SEBEC When it comes to home-grown taste, there's not much that can compare to newly-picked produce.

Offering a new outlet for local growers, the Sebec Village Farmer's Market opened a few weeks ago, giving customers a chance to enjoy its old-fashioned market style while they shop.

Managing the market is Annabelle Kelman, no stranger to buying and selling food. I ran a small co-op out of my home for a while," said Kelman, who who explained that someone mentioned to her the farmer's market starting up in Sebec. " The next thing I knew I was running the market." Kelman hasn't just stopped at offering fresh produce and bulk foods, the store has a little of everything.

"We lean toward getting local produce and homemade breads and muffins she said. "(But we also have) whatever we can think of that peolple might need. We have gourmet coffee, but we also have Maxwell House coffee. We have hardware, fishing equipment and fresh fruit."

With a broad range of staple products, the Sebec Village Farmer's Market also keeps a good stock of treats like candy, ice cream and sodas. We want to be a little different from the average store. We're hoping to please a variety of people," she said. "And we're trying to keep our prices competitive... and reasonable."

Situated next to the store is the small cafe, opening soon, where customers can enjoy the cooking of local chefs Melanie Wentworth and Elise Templet.

They're both good cooks with a whole lot of experience under their belt," Kelman said.

Although Kelman is clearly in her element with work at the market, she said what she will enjoy most about the job is meeting more of the community.

"Once the store closed here before, I never bumped into my neighbors anymore," she said. "I think this market will really add to the sense of community in Sebec... People can sit down and have a soda and meet with their neighbors or they can have a walk in the park."

Overall, Kelman confessed that, for her, the best part of the Sebec shops wasn't necessarily the products.

"The best part is the rocking chairs on the front porch and a view of the lake."

For more information on the shop, call 564-3433 or visit them Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Once the cafe is open, business hours are planned for 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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