Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
A local farmers market organizer is optimistic that the city’s License Commission will approve his request to provide space to a nearby winery three days per week.
Andy O’Keefe, who runs markets in front of the Worcester Youth Center, UMass Medical School and on East Mountain Street, told the board this morning that Hardwick Vineyard and Winery would be the only alcoholic beverage sold at his markets.
John Samek, owner of Hardwick Vineyard and Winery, appeared before the board as well and mentioned a recent bill signed by Governor Deval Patrick that allows the 39 farm wineries in Massachusetts to sell their products at farmers markets, making this a relatively new venture not only locally, but for any across the state — so new, in fact, that the License Commission has yet to determine the fee for the permit O’Keefe is looking for.
Despite the fact that the meeting was only “informational,” all three parties sounded optimistic that wine will soon be available, it just depends on when O’Keefe can actually get the permit.
“We’re ecstatic,” said Samek.