Tori nearing end of season


HANCOCK – The Hancock Tori is almost at the end of what vendors say was another successful summer.

The outdoor market, which runs Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Quincy Green next to the Finnish American Heritage Center, concludes Oct. 5.

Carol Bird is in her fourth year selling handmade crafts at her booth Carol’s Creations.

“A lot of that has to do with FinnFest, because we had a lot of local people who came here who hadn’t known it was here,” she said. “Then when we told them we were here all summer, they kept coming back.”

Jim Niemela of Niemela Family Growers is in his second full year. He had everything from spearmint leaf tea to handmade peppermint-and-rosemary soap, but his biggest sells are lettuce and carrots.

“We just get to see a lot of regular customers,” he said. “It’s fun to meet people, and interact with customers and actually talk to the people that are buying our produce.”

He’ll definitely return next year, he said.

“It’s a great market to be in,” he said.

Another vendor, Lynne Farris of Calumet, sells copper jewelry, including earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

“I like the people,” she said. “It’s friendly. I like just about everything here. It’s good fellowship. You bounce ideas off of each other and fellow artists.”

Cindy Barth of Dollar Bay was checking out several of the booths Saturday afternoon. She comes about every two weeks, buying things such as thimbleberry jam and gluten-free cookies and bread.

“It’s local,” she said. “I like to support local.”