The 27th season of the Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market iis underway n Adams Park at the intersection of Washington Street and Cummins Highway in Roslindale Village. The market will be every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM through October 27. There will be free additional parking again this year with a lease on the MBTA lower parking lot at South Street and Belgrade Avenue (entrance by Citizens Bank).
The opening day celebration marks the many ways in which the farmers’ market has been helping to nourish Boston-area families. Over 2,500 customers visit the Farmers’ Market each week spending approximately $20/visit, generating over $40,000 worth of sales for the Roslindale Village Farmers’ Market vendors. 76% of these customers also spend money in the Roslindale Village business district.
As the success of the farmers’ market takes hold as a community staple, more vendors have applied this year than ever before. The season will commence with 37 vendors featuring 8 returning farms each week and one new farm–all providing locally grown fruits, produce, herbs, plants, vegetables, meat, poultry and maple syrup. The returning farmers are: Two Field Farm of Weston, The Neighborhood Farm of Needham, Brookwood Farm of Milton, MacArthur Farm from Holliston, Allandale Farm from Jamaica Plain, Ferrara Greenhouse of Hyde Park, John Crow Farm of Groton and Lawton’s Family Farm from Foxboro. Joining the list of weekly vendors this season will be Nutting Farm from Brighton offering pure Vermont maple products.
Childrens activities are scheduled every Saturday from 10-11am and live music is also every Saturday from 11am-1pm.
Several Roslindale businesses will participate in the market this year including Tony’s Market supplying sandwiches, pastas and meats and Fornax Bread Company with fresh artisan bread and baked goodies. Other Roslindale businesses include Lick Bakery selling sardine flavored "pupsicles" ice cream, mini dog quiches, and beeftini "sorbets" for dogs and Alex’s Ugly Sauce, purveyors of artisanal hot sauce.
Other locally produced food-related vendors include: Samira’s Homemade featuring their hummus, Walter’s Specialty Foods offering sauces, rubs, and jellies, Solua’s Homemade Salsa, Doves and Figs with jams, conserves, and fruit mustards, Good Measure Bakery with rum cakes, as well as Taza Chocolate, crafters of stone-ground chocolate, Caramel Eyes with caramel candy, Boston Area El Salvador Sister City Committee selling coffee beans, Fastachi with assorted nuts, Gay Grace Teas is back with assorted teas, and many other food related vendors.
Arts and crafts and other non-food vendors appearing weekly or occasionally include: Earringzz, Top It off Accessories, Beret Bouquet, DenneryDesignBebe, Pop Teez, Beads My Way, The Well Fed Dog, Sweet Gum Studio/Happy Fun Lamp, Horizons for Homeless Children, Hilary, Blue Oasis Gifts, Lynnie B. Designs, Pate Ceramics, Nancy’s Homemade Soaps and Stephanie Cave Designs, among others. Local nonprofits appearing occasionally at the farmers’ market include: Friends of the Roslindale Library, Greening Rozzie, Roslindale Green & Clean and Roslindale Arts Association.
The Roslindale Farmers’ Market has one of the most successful Bounty Bucks programs in Boston. The program doubles a SNAP recipients spending power by up to $10 for purchases of fresh, locally produced food every week. The Bounty Bucks program enables all residents of Boston to have access to the local bounty of farm products available at City farmers’ markets.
For more information about the Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market including a call for volunteers, weekly market features and vendor information, go to: www.roslindale.net .