WINCHESTER - The Farmers Market season has started and the Winchester Town Common is once again filled with shoppers purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables, empanadas, artisan breads, and more.
But the Market Manager’s tent will be missing a special person: Anna LaViolette, the 85-year-old volunteer who staffed the tent for two short years and left an indelible impression.
“Anna’s vibrant spirit and warm, welcoming, outgoing personality drew people to the Manager’s tent, and she was a strong believer in our mission to provide healthy, fresh food to families,” said Fred Yen, who started the Market 12 years ago.
Yen says members of the Market Board wanted to do something to remember Anna.
Board member Judy Storeygard remembers: “I had recently joined the Board and at the very first meeting I was very impressed with how much Anna was doing for the Farmer’s Market and how every Board member was praising her energy, skill, and enthusiasm.”
Yen said that the decision was made to establish a matching fund for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in LaViolette’s memory. Through Anna’s Fund the Winchester Farmers Market will make it possible for those who are eligible to double the amount of fresh produce they can provide their families.
The LaViolette family embraced the idea and were the first to contribute. To date the Winchester Unitarian Society, and the Parish of the Epiphany have generously supported the fund. Anyone who would like to lend their support can send a check made out to the Winchester Farmers Market Community Hub (WFMCH) with “Anna LaViolette fund” in the memo line to Anne Hoffman at 4 Chesterford Road, Winchester, MA 01890.
“We think this is a wonderful way to honor and remember Anna,” Yen said.