Sayre said in the winter the size of the market is confined some by the amount of indoor space, though a move from the Johnson Elementary School to the hospital two years ago has increased the amount of room for the vendors.
“It’s not being outside on the common, but it’s warm, it’s fun, and it’s delicious,” she said.
In Newton, the new winter market has been attracting about 300 customers each Tuesday, compared to the 700 customers for a Tuesday market during the summer months, said Robert J. DeRubeis, the commissioner of Newton’s Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the markets.
While DeRubeis said the city would like to see the number of customers increase, it is a little early to tell what the new market can expect. DeRubeis and Plazonja both said they believe the holiday season also kept the number of their customers down in December.
On the first Monday of Brookline’s Winter Farmer’s Market customers trickled into the Arcade to do some shopping, but vendor Andrew Thornhill of Dartmouth-based Silverbrook Farms said he thinks once word spreads that the market is also open Mondays, the number of customers will be more comparable to the crowds on Sundays.
Thornhill said that on the first Sunday market in Brookline in January he sold out of his greens in 30 minutes.
“It was crazy, it was madness,” he said. “I mean, I’m into it. I love it.”
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