Don’t let the cold, wet weather fool you. Summer is right around the corner, which means the farmers market season has blossomed.
On Thursday, June 8, the Salem Farmers Market kicks off its ninth season. Presented by Salem Main Streets and the Farmers Market Committee, the market will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 12, with more than 35 vendors selling fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, meat and a variety of other goods.
Each week, the market will offer live music and representation from different community groups and initiatives.
“The market has truly become a destination for the community — it’s a gathering place as well as an opportunity to get fresh, local produce and other goods,” Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan said.
In 2016, nearly 2,000 shoppers visited the market each week, Sullivan added.
In addition to seven farms, an array of specialty foods, bakeries, spice and non-food vendors, local stores such as Salem Spice, Jodi Bee Bakes, Far From the Tree, Milk and Honey and Popped! Gourmet Popcorn will rotate through once a month as a new storefront spotlight vendor.
New vendors this year will be Beverly Bees, Eva’s Farm Butcher Shop, West River Creamery, Somerville Bread Company, Pigeon Cove Ferments, Mia’s House of Sweets, Pour Man’s Coffee, Jaju Pierogi and Lady Ghada, to name a few.
But Salem’s isn’t the only market showing off its local goods.
On Sunday, June 11, the Swampscott Farmers Market will open its season at its new location outside Town Hall on Essex Street. The market will continue through October and run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beverly’s market, which takes place at Veterans Memorial Park, will open for business on Monday, June 12, and continue through Oct. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Next Saturday, June 17, Ipswich’s market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ipswich Visitor Center Green, and continue on Saturdays through Sept. 30.
Peabody’s market at City Hall will be held on Tuesdays from 1 to 6 p.m., starting July 11 and continuing through October.
Many shoppers have gotten an early start at the markets that opened this past week, including Marblehead’s and Danvers’.
Marblehead’s, which opened last weekend, will run every Saturday through Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Marblehead Veterans Middle School. Danvers’ opened Wednesday and will continue Wednesdays through Aug. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Town Hall parking lot.
— Staff reports
CHECK OUT THESE FARMERS MARKETS
- When: Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., June 8-Oct. 12
- Where: Derby Square on Front Street
- Information: 978-744-0004, ext. 15, or www.salemfarmersmarket.org
- When: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 11 through October
- Where: Town Hall lawn, 200 Essex St.
- Information: www.swampscottfarmersmarket.org
- When: Mondays, 3 to 7 p.m., June 12-Oct. 2, ; closed July 3 and Sept. 4
- Where: Veterans Memorial Park at Rantoul Street and Railroad Avenue
- Information: 978-712-9054 or www.beverlyfarmersmarket.org
- When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 17-Sept. 30
- Where: Ipswich Visitor Center Green, 36 South Main St.
- Information: www.ipswichfarmersmarket.com
- When: Tuesdays, 1 to 6 p.m., July 11 through October
- Where: Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St.
- Information: Contact Lucia DelNegro, conservation agent; firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-538-5782
- When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon., June 3-Nov. 18
- Where: Marblehead Veterans Middle School, 217 Pleasant St.
- Information: www.marbleheadfm.com
- When: Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m., now through Aug. 30
- Where: Danvers Town Hall parking lot, located behind North East Community Bank, 87 Elm St.
- Information: 617-448-0339 or www.danversfarmersmarket.org