This week’s question: Who was the first manager of the contemporary Chestertown Farmers’ Market?
- Bill Ingersoll
- Margo Bailey
- Owen McCoy
- None of the above
CORRECT ANSWER: None of the above.
36 people took the quiz. No one got the right answer.
The Chestertown Farmers’ Market was launched in the spring of 1982 in downtown Chestertown at the Town Park on Park Row. The open air farm market was open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings. Local gardeners, non commercial produce growers and fishermen were invited to participate. The registration fee was $2.00 per space with a limit of 15 spaces. Fresh produce included vegetables, eggs, fruits, flowers, herbs and local seafood.
Former Kent County and Chestertown resident Jamie Gaudion brought the idea to Chestertown’s then-Mayor Elmer Horsey and the town council, who wholly supported the effort. As Farmers’ Market Manager, she organized, advertised and supervised every Saturday market.
Owen McCoy succeeded Gaudion as manager in the late 1980s. He served in that capacity for three decades, nearly until his death in July 2018. Town Manager Bill Ingersoll has helped to guide the market’s expansion. Former Mayor Margo Bailey took a strong interest during her tenure.
Jamie and her husband, Pierre, now live in Dover, Maine.
Local historian and author Joan Horsey assists with the Kent Pilot History Quiz.