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Market on South Perry moves indoors

Thu., Nov. 1, 2012, midnight

Starting today, the Thursday Market on South Perry Street will move indoors at the Buddhio Yoga Studio just across the street from the parking lot at The Shop where it’s been all summer.

This is the third year the market has moved indoors, and it will stay open Thursday afternoons through Dec. 22.

“I expect there to be at least 15 vendors with us all winter,” said Karyna Hamilton, Thursday Market manager. “There will be fruits and vegetables, and meat and eggs, among many other things.”

Hamilton said other vendors will sell jewelry and handmade soaps and lotions.

“We also have an herbalist who makes all her own teas and has become very popular,” Hamilton said.

The Thursday Market participated in a pilot program this summer where customers who paid with EBT/SNAP cards received an additional $2 for every $5 SNAP dollars they spent, up to an additional $6 per day. Part of that program was funded by the state and another part by an anonymous donation of $10,000.

“That program has been very successful,” Hamilton said. “We feel a real presence of the people who take advantage of the program. It’s been great for us.” She added that she’s not sure how much longer the program will run.

The Thursday Market needs volunteers to help with various aspects of the day-to-day operation of the market.

“We try to always have kids activities,” Hamilton said. “Volunteers can be very helpful with that.”

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