A new weekend market dubbed the Artisan Project began last month at Grange Hall in Northville, with the aim of giving an outlet for local artists, artisanal food producers and craftsmen to sell their goods, and to raise funds to restore the historic building.
Grange Hall, a circa-1830 building located at 5268 Sound Avenue, is owned by First Parish Church, which sought tenants to share the space in order to fund repairs. The Artisan Project now has a two-year operating agreement, which will allow for Saturday and Sunday farmers market-type events plus cooking classes during the week.
Ann Corley, who co-owns North Fork Chocolate Company with business partner and chef Steven Amaral, started the Artisan Project.
Corley says she is appreciative of the boost Stony Brook’s Calverton Business Incubator gave her business, and she wanted to create an opportunity for others with startup busineses to find customers and grow.
Cooking classes are expected to begin in January. Amaral will give classes, and guest chefs will be invited to give cooking demos as well.