To The Daily Sun,
Being a thrifty New Hampshire native, I am always glad when I can get a good deal when spending money. I think that shopping at the Gilford Farmers Market every Saturday morning (held on the grounds of the 1838 Rowe House from 9-12) is one of the best deals around.
I think of it as getting "two benefits for the price of one."
First, we get the benefit of buying home grown veggies, delicious goodies (cinnamon rolls that sell out way too early), unique pottery and many other items that our local vendors are selling.
I liked being able to have some of my kitchen knives sharpened, two of which go back to a family member who was using them in the early 1900s (they bring back happy memories as I use them). Being a thrifty Yankee, I am not about to throw something away just because it is old (or a bit dull).
Plus, there are special attractions. On Aug. 1 from 10-11 a.m., weather permitting, the Piccola Opera Company will be strolling the grounds, so I am looking forward to being able to enjoy the music. Most days, the 1838 Rowe House is open for tours (free).
It is a brick farmhouse that is furnished as a simple home, such as our grandparents or great grandparents might have lived in.
The second part of this "two for the price of one" is that the vendor's fees are going to help restore the 1838 Rowe House; the wood shake roof will be replaced, repair/repoint the chimneys and some of the brickwork that makes up the house, and improve the drainage on the east side of the building. The LCHIP grant of $26,000 enables us to start the process, but Gilford Historical Society still needs to raise approximately $13,000 to complete the repairs.
The Gilford Historical Society asks for everyone's help in spreading the word about the Gilford Famer's Market. Tell all your friends that they have the opportunity to buy their fresh veggies, homemade bread and rolls and other items directly from the farmers and vendors, cutting out the middleman. They also will indirectly be supporting the repairing of one of Gilford's treasures and maintaining the Rowe House so that the next generation will be able to visit this historical farmhouse to get a glimpse of how our ancestors lived.
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