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Farmer’s Market Pavilion under construction, set to open in Madawaska in August

MADAWASKA, Maine — Construction continues on the new Farmer’s Market Pavilion located in the Kmart parking lot in Madawaska.

Madawaska soon will house a permanent farmers market site in the parking lot adjacent to Kmart on Main Street. The project began at the end of April this year and contractor David Morin, owner of Acadian Builders, said Thursday that the project is set to be completed as early as Aug. 1.

Paul Lamothe, 80, worked right along side Morin Thursday in record high temperatures in the 90s. To stay cool and keep going in the heat, Lamothe said he took his hat, drenched it in water, and dumped it back on his head.

“I’m going to work until I get old,” he said.

Town officials contracted Morin to build the pavilion after receiving a $49,500 rural development grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture in July 2017. Madawaska was among a select few to be chosen in the state of Maine since, according to Economic Town Director Suzie Paradis, the program has a limited amount of funds per year.

Paradis said town officials originally considered locating the new farmers market pavilion in the parking lot near the senior center, but with the congestion of that area, decided instead to acquire a section of the parking lot by Kmart. Until the new pavilion opens, the farmers market will continue to operate at the current location near the McDonald’s on Main Street.

“I think it will get more traffic at the Kmart location,” Paradis said Thursday afternoon. “It will help generate new buzz for that side of town.”

Despite the heat of the day, Morin agreed that the pavilion would have a positive impact on the town.

“It’s good for the town, and it’s going to make this town better,” he said.

Paradis said the Farmer’s Market Pavilion is set to have its first official day on Aug. 6.

Follow Morgan Mitchell on Twitter @TheMaineMorgan

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