What Happened to Brandon's Saturday Market?
The organizer has shut down the website and isn't responding to emails.
It's a mystery.
Earlier this month, signs proclaimed the coming of Brandon's Saturday Market, a weekly market to be held at the Pole Barn at Winthrop. But after a first event June 2, the market has seemingly disappeared.
Organizer Wilson Almonte, president of Fat Cow Markets, promised a market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables along with herbs, arts and crafts and other homegrown products. He said he had interest from more than 50 vendors.
But after a first event featuring a smattering of the promised vendors, the market has folded and Almonte can't be reached for comment. In addition, he's shut down the website for Brandon's Saturday Market.
Winthrop developer John Sullivan said he isn't sure what happened. He hasn't heard from Almonte.
"It was a great idea," he said. "I think we need a farmer's market and we're so close to the farming community. It just makes sense. But I was a little disappointed. I didn't see a lot of produce being sold at that first Saturday market. I think a successful market should sell mostly produce from farms and have a few crafts and other vendors."
Sullivan said he's open to anyone who wants to host a farmer's market at the Pole Barn. "But it takes a lot of work and I guess we haven't found the right person to organize it."