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July 3, 2014

Farmers Market more than fruit and vegetables

Meats, crafts, soaps, pet items add new twist

With locally grown produce all the rage, the city’s popular Farmers Market will have plenty to choose from this year.

More than 25 vendors will participate — and not all of them will be selling vegetables.

The popular outdoor market has returned for its 36th season. It opened June 28.

Newcomers include The Soup Guy, New England Mushroom Co. and Slippery Soap Company.

Customers will find farm-fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season and can also shop for baked goods, meats, locally produced wines, artisan cheeses, fresh breads, honey, jams, handmade soaps and lotions, jewelry, doggie treats and other items.

“We will have more food demonstrations this year so that people can taste locally grown produce,” said market organizer Jeff Grassie. “Customers can also take home free recipe cards.”

Carolyn Grieco from Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen will return this year to lead healthy food demonstrations. She was a huge hit last year, Grassie said.

You can get your knives or tools sharpened and shop for clean-burning soy candles, specialty teas, shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Some of the craft vendors, such as National Sharpening and Kittredge Candles, will attend the market on specific dates, Grassie said. At the market, many of these vendors will hand out their schedule of attendance.

How about a cup of gluten free soup or chili? Or maybe a pulled pork sandwich? This outdoor market has a little something for everyone, Grassie said, and will also feature an assortment of live music and interactive children’s activities such as painting and crafts.

“The market is a fun family event that is open to all ages,” he said.

The Farmers Market is located next to the police station at 40 Bailey Blvd. and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, now through Oct. 25. Most of the vendors bring awnings to keep their goods and wares in the shade.

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