But as the years passed, several farmers sold their land or retired. By 2007, the farmers market group had only two participants left — Wally’s Farm and Jim Fay’s Farm.
In 2007, Team Haverhill helped to rejuvenate the market. Today the market has about 20 vendors and has become a community meeting place.
Donnie Cox, who owns and runs Fletcher Community Farm on East Broadway, said the market promotes a sense of prosperity and community. Cox will offer his home-grown pecans at the market, as he has in past years.
This year, Willow Spring Vineyards plans to participate in the market for its third year, although it still must get a permit from the city.
“We’ll be giving out free samples of our now sought-after favorites such as Seyval Blanc and Marechal Foch,’’ said Jim Parker, who owns the winery at 840 West Lowell Ave. with his wife, Cindy.
Here are the vendors who have city permits so far to participate in this year’s farmers market:
A-1 Baklava Delights — baklava and spinach pies
Arunas Delights — homemade granolas
Crafty Creations — aprons, handbags, scarves and jewelry
Elegant Jewelry — handmade jewelry
Everybody Matters Chair Massages
Fat Belly BBQ
Fay’s Farm — peaches and apples
Fletcher Community Farm — vegetables and fruits
Gourd Birds — bird sculptures
Jodi Bee Bakes — baked goods
Lovelee by Bev — knitted jewelry
Kimball Farms — meats, vegetables and flowers
Kittredge Candles — soy candles
Long Hill Orchard — vegetables and fruits
Madison’s Sweet Treats — baked goods, including gluten-free items
Millvale Folk Art — pottery, dish gardens, and wood and iron work
Mizz Megz — gourmet cupcakes
National Sharpening Co. — sharpening of knives, scissors and garden tools
Parker River Winery — local wine
Quinn’s Canine Cafe — specialty dog treats and baskets
IF YOU GO :When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from June 29 to Oct. 16 Where: Next to the police station, 40 Bailey Boulevard What: Locally produced items for sale, including fresh fruits, vegetables and baked goods; meats; homemade wines and crafts; soaps; a selection of teas, flowers and plants; and items for household pets