The 3 French Hens market is back along the I&M Canal this Saturday, featuring more than 120 vendors set up along Canalport in Morris.
“We’ll have everything fall. Apple cider donuts, handmade items, antiques; just about anything you can imagine,” said co-organizer and founder Traci Tessone, “We’ll have a mix of all sorts of vendors and products and that’s what makes it so fun.”
The market is held once a month May through November. Tessone and co-founder Monica Vogel never imagined how the event would grow since its inception 11 years ago, which started with fewer than 20 vendors.
“[We] would visit flea markets and farmer’s markets and thought Morris was lacking that. We have such a beautiful downtown area and we thought it would be the perfect backdrop to a fun community market,” Tessone said.
Tessone owns Whimsy, an events and antique goods shop in Morris. Vogel moved to North Carolina to start a new business but still returns every month for the market.
The October market will feature live musician Sean Patrick as well as the return of Nothing Bundt Cakes. Street parking is free although not allowed immediately next to the market. Tessone said most vendors accept debit and credit cards.
Tessone added that plans are already in place for the 3 French Hens Holiday Market on Nov. 8-9. It will mark the first time that one of their events is held at Jennifer's Garden on Gore Road.
"We're so excited that we're moving into such an excellent space," she said. "The last few years we've had a lot of problems with the weather. We used to use heated tents but it just got to the point where it was just too difficult to keep everyone warm. Getting to use Jennifer's Garden with all its amenities will be especially nice as we get closer to winter."
While the monthly market in Canalport is free, the Holiday Market will charge guests $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Tessone said the fee will definitely be worth it for families.
"There will be live music and Holiday food and all sorts of vendors. It will be well worth the cost of admission," Tessone said, "Jennifer's Garden has opened up new possibilities for us. We've been thinking about starting up a month earlier next year if we can use the facility."
This weekend's 3 French Hens market runs from from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.