By Gareth Henderson | March 05,2013
Peter Hughes organizes the shelves at Home-Grown Vermont in Woodstock, where vendors offer locally made crafts and food.
Local farmers and artisans now have a new place in Woodstock to display and sell their goods year-round.
Home-Grown Vermont is located in Pizza Chef’s Woodstock building at the eastern end of Woodstock Village on Route 4.
Home-Grown Vermont is a nonprofit, run by a three-member board, that operates out of a 270-square-foot space down the corridor behind Pizza Chef. A total of 38 vendors are currently participating, offering locally made foods and crafts.
The space comes at no cost to vendors, according to co-founder Tina Tuckerman. All the money earned goes into a pool, and each vendor receives their individual earnings at the end of each month. Tuckerman said this gives farmers, artisans, and bakers an affordable selling location during the winter and year-round.
There is a lot of commitment to keeping the store going, she said.
“A lot of our vendors are very true to staying,” Tuckerman said. “They know that January through March is a tough time, and they’re happy to work through it with us.”
Home-Grown Vermont will have some new products in the coming months. These include breads, syrup, gluten-free products, and several different meats. Tuckerman also said the search is on to find a kitchen facility where jam, cookies, and other products can be made for the store.
Tuckerman said she hopes these efforts will attract more visitors and locals to come through the doors. She added that she has been grateful for the community’s support and the partnership with Alex Tsouknakis, the owner of Pizza Chef and the Home-Grown Vermont space.
Home-Grown Vermont is located at 446 Route 4 East, Woodstock, VT 05091. The telephone number is 802.234.7240; the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.