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Food, art grow together at Warner Public Market

  • Jason Paul of Henniker walks through the space being renovated for the new Warner Public Market at 19 E. Main St. in Warner on Saturday. BELOW: A sign advertises a Warner Public Market booth during the Bradford Independence Day Celebration outside the old Bradford Inn on West Main Street in Bradford on Saturday. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Bret Ingold (right) and Asa Lamarre(left), 10, of Henniker make progress on a papier-mache beet at the Warner Public Market booth during the Bradford Independence Day Celebration outside the old Bradford Inn on West Main Street in Bradford on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bret Ingold (right) and Asa Lamarre, 10, of Henniker make progress on a papier-mache beet at the Warner Public Market booth during the Bradford Independence Day Celebration outside the old Bradford Inn on West Main Street in Bradford on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bret Ingold and Asa Lamarre, 10, of Henniker make progress on a papier-mache beet at the Warner Public Market booth during the Bradford Independence Day Celebration outside the old Bradford Inn on West Main Street in Bradford on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Jason Paul of Henniker points out some of the logos being considered for the new Warner Public Market. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • The future home of the Warner Public Market at 19 East Main Street in Warner as seen on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Sunday, July 01, 2018

‘Food and Art in the Village.” That’s the mission of the Warner Public Market, a new business in Warner that launches this month. They’ve been present in small ways in the region, with a food stand at the Summer Kickoff Block Party in Warner and a booth at the Bradford Independence Day celebration in June, but will be holding a soft opening at the former Wingdoodle building at 19 E. Main St. in Warner on July 6.

The group of six behind Warner Public Market share many overlapping philosophies with friends at Sweet Beet Market and the Kearsarge Food Hub in Bradford. They believe in the health benefits of organic food and want to create new outlets for local farmers to sell their products.

Today’s local food movement model places most of the work and responsibility with farmers.

“They have to grow the food. They have to market the food. They have to drive it to the farmers market. They have to spend their whole Saturday all summer out there. So it’s really falling all on their shoulders,” said Bret Ingold, one of the founders.

“If more of these kind of (places) like Sweet Beet, and like what we’re starting in Warner, could open up to be seven days a week – convenient, central food vending locations – I think it could really take the local movement to the next level.”

But what makes the Warner Public Market different is its added emphasis on art, not just the selling of local art and craft pieces, but art education.

In the works will be a workshop series where people can come and make pottery, perhaps learn about natural fabric dyeing or make papier mache items.

A gallery space will showcase various works by local artists. Plans for an artist-in-residence space are in the works – a space for a visiting artists to focus on their projects or offer instruction to the community.

It will be “a good opportunity to bring in fresh artistic voices and share those with the community,” said co-founder Jason Paul of Henniker.

For sale in the retail space alongside fresh, local food will be all-natural home and body products and an herbal apothecary.

There’s still a lot of work to do on the building, but Friday’s soft opening gives the Warner Public Market a chance to introduce itself to the community and launch a crowd fundraising effort that will help bring its vision to fruition.

Money raised will be used for necessary building repairs including some foundation work, updated wiring, some historic restoration efforts and to purchase furnishings for a commercial kitchen and a point-of-sale system.

As inventory builds and renovations continue, the market hopes to be open limited hours during the summer with plans to be fully operational this fall.

Friday’s soft opening will run from 6 to 9 p.m. inside the Warner Public Market at 19 E. Main St. in Warner. For more information about ways to donate or future hours of operation, go to warnerpublicmarket.com.

   (Elizabeth Frantz can be reached at efrantz@cmonitor.com or on Twitter
@lizfrantz.)