PETERBOROUGH — The seventh annual Greenerborough is bigger than ever, volunteer co-chair of the event Jack Burnett said Friday.
The green expo that has grown into a home show, tech fair, farmers market mash-up will take place on Grove Street and inside the Peterborough Town House and Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Greenerborough exhibitor Pablo Fleischmann, owner of Green Energy Options in Keene, said he has seen a lot of green expos come and go over the years, but Greenerborough has staying power. It has a local agriculture component to it that makes it like a farmers market and local food expo that the public loves, he said.
His company offers a wide selection of alternative energy options from solar, wind, water and wood and pellet stoves and boilers.
Anytime he can meet the public at an event like this is great for his company, he said. “People generally have a lot more questions than they know they have and its great to have the opportunity to meet them face to face.”
Visitors can also meet with representatives from several other alternative energy companies at Greenerborough, he said, which is benefit to the consumer. “I think it’s really good for people to meet with more than one company that does the same thing.”
The motto of the event since it was started in 2008 by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce has been to “educate, motivate, communicate,” Burnett said.
For the past several years the Peterborough Grange No. 45 has been a co-sponsor of the event and in a show of support the state grange master will attend this year to meet and greet the public, Burnett said.
Grove Street will be closed to traffic and filled with vendors that for the most part will represent local agriculture and will be the spot to stop and get an organic meal or snack during the event, Burnett said.
Live music sponsored by the Peterborough Music Company will be part of the Grove Street entertainments.
The indoor vendors at the Town House and Monadnock Historical and Cultural Center mostly represent green industries from alternative energy companies, window and blind companies to local funeral homes offering green burial options.
“It’s about bringing green options into our everyday lives,” Burnett said.