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June 13, 2013

Fresh and fun

Farmers market has local veggies, fruit -- even music

It’s local, it’s fresh and — organizers say — it’s a lot of fun.

The Haverhill Farmers is set to open for the season in two weeks.

Every Saturday from June 29 to Oct. 16 at 40 Bailey Boulevard, the market will be open with more than vendors offering fresh, home grown produce and locally made wine and crafts. This is the market’s 35th consecutive year.

The market’s location on the lawn next to the police station provides plenty of parking on Bailey Boulevard, other nearby streets and the upper level of the parking deck.

Shoppers will find a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables sold in a venue where people can also find fresh baked goods and meats, homemade wines, handmade crafts, soaps, a selection of teas, flowers and plants, and even things for household pets.

The items are grown and made by Greater Haverhill farmers and other local people.

To add to the market’s atmosphere, bands will play music there.

“We’ll feature live music, again, but we’re still planning that so we can’t say who will play in what order this soon before the season begins,” said Jeff Grassie, a member of the Team Haverhill civic group, which organizes the market.

As it does every year, the market will have a children’s craft table.

The market’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members of a local food pantry will attend, giving residents an opportunity to donate garden produce. At the end of each day, the market’s vendors donate some of their goods to the food pantry, which also accepts donations throughout the day from anyone who wants to drop off something for the pantry’s shelves.

In operation since 1978 when Haverhill farmer Wally Lesiczka sold his produce on Bailey Boulevard, the farmers market grew to more than a dozen local farmers.

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