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December 07, 2016
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Hawley Silk Mill’s New Mill Market: A local treasure

John Genzingler, proprietor of the Mill Market, stands at the store entrance by a chalkboard advertising the weekly Saturday educational events.

According to Genzlinger, a large part of the mission of Mill Market is “to educate the public in the recognition and preparation of fresh, local and sustainable foods. We do this by offering classes and events on Saturdays. Our goal is to make healthy eating fun for all, that’s why many of the events are geared towards kids and families.” A recent event was OktoberFest, featuring local meats and stout.

Old meets new
As a cornerstone of the Hawley Silk Mill, Mill Market plays an essential role in supporting the Silk Mill’s mission of education, history and economic contribution—particularly through its events, which draw visitors to the property. A goal of restoring the Silk Mill was to revitalize a building that was an integral part of the life of the community for generations, and to give it a new purpose. Its renovation preserves the architectural history of the area and creates a green message of reuse and renewal.

Mill Market is a perfect example of old meets new—a place filled with history that, in some ways, is repeating itself. During the 1880s when the mill was built, producing, buying and eating local was—by necessity—a way of life. Today, even though we have many more choices, folks are coming full circle and returning to the buy local, buy fresh lifestyle.