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Madawaska celebrates new Farmer’s Market Pavilion

MADAWASKA, Maine — Town officials, members of the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce and local residents celebrated the opening of the new Farmer’s Market Pavilion Monday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Three vendors also were on hand to sell their wares, including a baked goods, produce, and art. Among the vendors was Phil Annal of MadTown Designs, a Madawaska-based company that makes and sells creative wall hangings using colored mirror acrylic, exotic woods and local driftwood.

“We decided to come down [to the ribbon cutting] and be a vendor, because it is great to talk to people and we want to support anything in Madawaska,” said Annal. “It is great to see something like this kick off and we are already selling out, so for us, it’s fantastic.”

Economic Town Director Suzie Paradis pushed for the $49,500 rural development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in July of 2017, which led to the pavilion’s construction. Paradis said the federal program has a limited amount of funds per year, and that Madawaska was among one of the select few to be chosen to receive a grant.

Construction for the Farmer’s Market Pavilion began at the end of April this year.

“The opening has gone better than we expected, and had two additional vendors join in,” Paradis said. “We will be advertising for more local artists and vendors to use the facilities.”

Madawaska resident Nicole Bellefleur showed up to support the new facility.

“It is beautiful,” she said. “They did a great job building it, and they can use it rain or shine.”

Bellefleur and others said they hope the farmer’s market will become busier and that the pavilion will attract more people to town.

“I hope there’s more people that will come to visit the area, hopefully people from out of town,” she said. “I think we should make it a special day that people can come from out of town to enjoy our new facility.”

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