It all began in 2008 when Lunenburg resident Lance Roberts approached the Top of the Common Committee to discuss the idea of starting a Farmers' Market. His desire was to introduce a mutually supportive and beneficial environment - a venue where local entrepreneurs could sell their products and area residents could purchase fresh wholesome foods and quality craft items, with all the profits from the market going back into the community.
The Top of the Common Committee adopted the role of the market's sponsoring organization - overseeing the monies earned and dispersing payment for expenses, allowing the market to operate as a nonprofit community market.
In April of 2009, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of
Vermont awarded the Top of the Common Committee a mini-grant to support
efforts to begin a weekly summer market on the Lunenburg Common. The
Committee was pleased to be able to offer the community the opportunity
to enjoy the beauty of the park and to "connect" with neighbors, friends
and visitors to our area while supporting our area entrepreneurs.
In 2010, the Top of the Common Committee received a second grant - a three year award to participate in the Vermont Farmers' Market EBT/Debit Card Project. This grant enables our market to accept bank debit cards and EBT/SNAP food assistance cards. As a market that can accept these electronic purchases, we have been able to also offer our EBT/SNAP customers additional bonus food coupons each market season.