PLYMOUTH — Earthworks Market, currently on East Jefferson St., will be moving mid-January to a vacant building on West Jefferson St.
“It’s a smaller building, and it’s a better size for us,” said Sue Rogers, executive director of Earthworks. “We were looking for something where we could continue to offer classes and continue the Project Ready program (skills classes for local special needs students).”
The Market offers artisan bread baked on-site, local eggs, honey, and maple syrup, freshly prepared sweets, handmade cheeses, and fair trade gifts and foods. The free-standing store opened about two years ago after starting out in a small room inside City Center in downtown Plymouth.
“We’ve had two years to collect data,” said Rogers. “This move we are making is putting us in a more appropriately sized building, and we know now what to expect and what the people of Plymouth are looking for. All of our products are made with natural ingredients and there is no other place in town where people can get that.”
The new location will mean increased hours of operation, said Rogers.
The Market will now be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve had a lot of people ask us to stay open later so they can come in after work, and we are better able to do that at this new location,” said Rogers.
One new employee will be hired to support the additional open hours.
“As soon as we move, we will have new kinds of breads,” said Rogers, adding that the multi-grain bread is the most popular item sold at the Market. “We are also really beginning to expand our sweets offerings.”
All of the sales at the Market go to support Earthworks educational programs. The spring class series will start in the beginning of March, and Rogers said classes will likely include cheese and bread making.
“We will also have classes about how to order from the (food) co-op,” said Rogers. “We have a co-op connected to Earthworks, and we expect that to grow in this new location.”
The Market will be closed Jan. 16-18 to support the move down the street. The Ancilla College baseball team has volunteered to help with the move.
“The distance between the two places is only a mile, but we have these 31 brawny youngsters coming to move us,” said Rogers, laughing. “I think that will be an interesting experience. They helped us when we moved into the East Jefferson building, and they volunteered to help us with this move. We are very grateful to them.”
Rogers thinks that customers are becoming more interested in what she calls “organizations with a social conscience.”
“People are getting very familiar with the idea of their money doing double work — and we are a part of that,” said Rogers. “Our mission is really education. Everything we do at the market is about that.”
One thing that will remain the same at the new location is the seating available.
“The store part of the new building is the same size so will keep our seating,” confirmed Rogers. “People seem to really appreciate coming in and sitting down with a cup of coffee, so we will certainly continue doing that.”
To learn more about Earthworks Market, visit www.earthworksmarket.org . The store is currently open at 701 E. Jefferson Street in Plymouth on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Their phone number is 574-935-4164.