South Hadley Town Green will once again bustle with market activity on Thursday afternoons (from 1:00 to 6:00 pm) as people shop for fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and plants while socializing with neighbors and friends.
The South Hadley Farmers' Market opens its second season tomorrow on Thursday, June 3 returning most of last year's vendors and adding at least two new producers. Everything sold at the Market is locally grown or produced from locally grown ingredients. All sellers are the original producers; there are no re-sellers. This makes the Market a perfect place to "know your farmer; know your food," as the USDA tag line says. "Dinner just tastes better when you know where the food grew and how it was grown because you have talked face-to-face with the person who grew it," says Ann Pemberton, Market Manager.
Shady Pine Farm will return with grass fed beef and pork as well as the "best tasting chicken in the area," according to one customer eager for re-opening day. Mark Duprey, of Leyden Glen Lamb has just slaughtered ten animals in preparation for the beginning of the season.
Farmacy Gardens will be back with fresh-picked vegetables. Park Hill Orchards also has vegetables as well as beautiful cut flowers. They will have berries and apples in season. At the moment, the produce in season includes a huge variety of greens, both for cooking and for salads, scallions, green garlic, salad turnips, radishes and cucumbers. An advantage of buying at a farmer's market is that your local farmer often grows unusual items or varieties that you can't find in the grocery store.
Parker's Sugar House will be here again, in spite of this year's meager maple harvest. So will El Jardin Bakery, which sold out of their bread early almost every day last year.
Owl Acres Alpacas from Granby will return with yarns and wonderful gift items for children and adults.
Janet Hartley will be the new "plants" person this year, selling ornamental and food plants from her greenhouse in Granby.
Joanne Patruno of Zawadski Farm will sell herb teas and botanical body products produced from herbs she grows on her South Hadley farm.
Also new at the Market this year will be the acceptance of SNAP EBT cards. The equipment to process these will be available beginning with the June 10 market.
The Market will be open every Thursday through the end of October from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there.
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