The YMCA Of Greater Nashua held their first Indoor Farmers Market on Saturday, January 25th.  Merrimack Y preschool teacher Briana Lafoe planned the event and executed it on with the help of the child care staff team.

The event raised more than $1400 from vendor table registrations, vendors who donated a percentage of their sales, a face painting booth and the raffle. 

According to an interview published in the Merrimack Journal, Lafoe is part of a family operated farm in Mont Vernon. The farm is the home of dairy goats that are raised to compete in shows at regional fairs. The prize winners tend to be the focus of attention, especially for children who love animals.

“We show the animals at the fairs,” Lafoe said of the purebread Nubians, Lamanchas and American Saanans. “We brought some here to the YMCA last summer as part of a Farm Camp program. The kids loved learning about the animals.”

Lafoe said the idea the indoor farmers market rapidly evolved into a plan for bringing together people who support local farming and who patronize at every opportunity those who make things by hand.

The event hosted 30 vendors selling such projects as farm fresh eggs, homemade fudge, handcrafted jewelry, collectibles and various handmade wares. There was even a visit from 11-day-old Nubian goats from a local farm, along with a Flemish Giant rabbit from Lafoe's farm.

Proceeds from the event support the Y CARES Financial Assistance program.  Y CARES provides scholarships to local children and families in need so they can experience Y programs and services such as child care, before & after school care, summer day camp, sports, arts, membership and more! – regardless of their ability to pay. 

The Farmer’s Market was well aligned with the Y’s healthy living and social responsibility initiatives. Based on the success and great feedback from the vendors, this event is sure to be repeated in the coming seasons.



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