The Nottingham Farmers Market will be the site of a so-called ‘vegetable mandala' today. Traditionally, mandalas are intricate geometric designs used in Buddhist practice. But in Nottingham, visitors will buy or bring their own local produce to a table and artistically arrange their donations to create a large-scale design.
Farmers Market Manager Brieghan Gardner says she was inspired by photos of food mandalas online. But she’s not quite sure what to expect in terms of the project’s ultimate size. “I don’t really know what the average is, I haven’t seen that many of them, and that’s one of my, one of my best fears, actually, is that the mandala will outgrow the table and we’ll have to figure out where to go from there," Gardner says with a chuckle.
Once the farmers market wraps up, the Nottingham Food Pantry will pick up the produce. The farmers market runs from 1:00 to 4:00 this afternoon at the Blaisdell Memorial Library.