Shelburne Falls farmers market returns Friday

  • The Shelburne Falls farmers market, as seen in 2017. The market begins Friday and runs through October. FILE PHOTOS/RICHIE DAVIS

  • The Shelburne Falls farmers market, as seen in 2017. The market begins Friday and runs through October. STAFF PHOTO/RICHIE DAVIS

  • The Shelburne Falls farmers market, as seen in 2017, often has live music. The market begins Friday and runs through October. STAFF PHOTO/RICHIE DAVIS

Staff Writer
Published: 5/21/2019 5:31:50 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — The town’s farmers market is returning Friday, offering local vegetables, fruit and meat — plus plenty of maple candy.

Founded about a decade ago, the village market runs Friday afternoons at Main and Water streets from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. between Memorial Day and late October. According to Organizer Barbara Goodchild, the weekly event is scheduled on Fridays because some nearby towns like Greenfield and Ashfield hold their versions on Saturdays.

Four local farms help manage the market. The group includes Barbara and Eric Goodchild of Barberic Farm in Shelburne; Mike and Karrin Freeman of Freeman Farm in Heath; Laura Timmerman and Robin Creamer of Sweet Morning Farm in Leyden; and Lisa Davenport of Davenport Farms, also in Shelburne.

About 10 stalls — with a handful of regular vendors plus some temporary retailers — sell a variety of local produce. Depending on the day, vendors will also offer jewelry, houseplants, soap, homemade beverages, popsicles and frozen yogurt.

The market is always looking for additional retailers. For vendors, the cost to rent a stall is $250 for the full season, $125 for half and $15 per market. The cost to rent the Baptist Lot is $500 per year, paid to the Trinity Church.

There are a few gaps in the market’s repertoire, Goodchild said. For example, the market is lacking cheese and baked-good stalls, as well as a mushrooms vendor.

One day each month has a different theme. June is “summer solstice celebration,” July is “children’s day,” August is “barbeque day” and September is “customer appreciation day,” while October is “cider day.”

The market also usually has live music by local artists, Goodchild said.

“We have a variety from folk to classical to jazz to blues,” she said.

Goodchild admitted it can “take a bit for people to remember” the market is up and running each year. On the other hand, holding a Friday farmers market allows residents to do their weekend shopping there, and can also serve as a fun after-school ac tivity for parents and children.

Visit shelburnefallsfarmersmarket.org for more information.

 Reach Grace Bird at gbird@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.




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