The Scarborough Farmers’ Market has added nonprofit groups to its offerings. Courtesy photo

The Scarborough Farmers’ Market has added a new exhibitor this summer — nonprofit groups. Look for the tent where nonprofit organizations in town are exhibiting and connecting with market shoppers.

When the market was founded 15 summers ago, Jim Damicis, Marla Zando, and Julie Bassett collaborated to launch it. Ever since, the vendors and shoppers have benefitted. Marla Zando has collaborated again, this time with Project GRACE and the Scarborough Public Library to create a special spot to showcase what local nonprofits are doing and how residents can get involved. Nonprofits can sign up to exhibit at the tent by contacting Zando at

There are many advantages of attending the Farmers’ Market: buying fresh produce and other products directly from local vendors and taking the opportunity to visit with neighbors, friends, and even co-workers, chief among them. Adding the local nonprofits to the mix deepens connections further. Scarborough is full of volunteers who serve the community in a variety of ways through their involvement with local nonprofit organizations. Exhibitors at the tent are highlighting exciting ways the people of Scarborough are being served.

Marla Zando said, “We created this nonprofit booth to benefit the community of nonprofits in Scarborough, support the important work they do, help these groups network within the nonprofit community, fundraise and friendraise all while supporting the farmers and artisans at the market. On any given Sunday during the market season, residents and visitors can enjoy fresh, local vegetables and fruits, hand-crafted items, and coffee and then stroll over to the nonprofit booth to enjoy a chat with volunteers, staff, and board members of groups such as Project GRACE, the Scarborough Public Library, the Scarborough Land Trust, and others.”

The Scarborough Farmers’ Market takes place at the Scarborough Town Hall parking lot at 259 U.S. Route 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays from June through October.

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