As part of the UNH Sustainability Internship Program (SIP), our three interns gave a presentation at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference recently. The interns had a chance to reflect on and synthesize their experience working with us here at Seacoast Eat Local. Some of the data they collated for the Winter Farmers’ Markets this past season:
• Total Winter Farmer’s Markets: 11
• Average number of vendors per market: ~40
• Total attendance: ~16,000
• Record attendance for single market: 2,158
These statistics represent an increase from 3 markets the first year, and 6 markets last year. The number of participating vendors and attendance have increased correspondingly.
Special thanks to the UNH Sustainability Program, and to our interns Sarah Jacobson, Michelle Laffoon, and Hillary Thomas for providing this snapshot of how much we’ve grown.
This was only possible with the support of very many people. We are grateful to the the Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Piscataqua Community Foundation; to Wentworth Greenhouses and Exeter High School, and their respective staff; to the farmers and producers, organizers and volunteers, and musicians and customers who came all winter to celebrate our local food system — this truly has been a collaborative effort!