Farmers Market to reopen for season Saturday
Recorder file/Geoff Bluh
Jane Dorval of Greenfield buys some fresh picked asparagus from Richard Wysk of Hadley at the opening day of the Greenfield Farmers Market in 2011.
Kayla Jacob,23,of Greenfield selects some plants from the table of the Johnson Farm of Deerfield ,which is run by Bob and Janice Johnson on Hoosac road. Saturday's opening day at the Greenfield Farmers Market was joined by the Allen Block Party nearby and made for a very lively morning at the Town Common.
rop 11/4/30 Geoff Bluh
Spring is back, and so is the Greenfield Farmers Market.
Starting Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Greenfield’s Court Square and town common will come alive with farmers, artisans, musicians and more for the 40th season of the market.
This year’s market will include a variety of locally grown and produced farm products and locally made crafts. Cheese will again be a staple at the market with Parrish Hill Farm providing raw cow’s milk Italian-style cheese. There will be starter vegetable plants, hanging baskets, perennial and annual flower plants, herb plants and culinary herbs, mixed greens, baby spinach, maple syrup, homemade jams, fresh baked breads, cookies, grass-fed lamb, beef, goat, and pork, locally raised poultry, sustainable fish via a Bay State Fish Share, and kettle corn.
New this year are more prepared food options from The Turkish Kitchen as well as from Sage Farm.
As the season progresses, there will be an extensive variety of other vegetables along with a wide range of fruit, including peaches, plums, sour cherries, pears, apples, apple cider, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and watermelon.
Shoppers will also find herbal skin care products, yarn, sheepskins, roving, hand-carved wooden bowls, dog beds and treats and visiting artisan vendors that vary each week.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Adela & Jude, an American Roots duo, will be performing.
The Western Massachu-setts Master Gardener Association will be at the market offering soil testing, answering questions.
The market has music scheduled for all seasons and will be planning events throughout the year. It will allow use of up to $5 of SNAP benefits on opening day.
Go to www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com for more information about vendors, entertainment and events.