You can both eat well and have some fun this summer as the annual Peabody Farmers Market is branching out to offer regular customers a few more options.
For nine years the city has been holding a farmers market downtown on Railroad Avenue, and the market begins its season this Tuesday, July 19, running every Tuesday through mid-October. It is located in the municipal parking lot near the next to the courthouse. There is plenty of parking and carside service is available.
But mark your calendars, because this year, from Aug. 13 to Sept. 17, there will be an additional market held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the courtyard on Main Street.
Lucia DelNegro, a conservation agent for the city who is now in charge of running the market, says she hopes the new location will be more visible to the thousands of people driving through Peabody’s downtown.
Bands and other live entertainment are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Saturday market.
As for the produce at both markets, it will be supplied this year again by Penny Srybny of Hereford Valley Farm in Andover and a new vendor, Iron Moon Farm in Newbury. Produce from will also be sold.
Customers can expect everything from asparagus to zucchini, and some of the best vegetables available — farmers are encouraged to bring only first quality items. Expect also to see fresh apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, nectarines, plums and watermelon.
Some herbs that have been commonly offered are basil, parsley, oregano and sage. Bedding plants, hanging plants, mums, wild and cut flowers have also been available in past markets. Other products have included apple cider, eggs, baked goods, maple syrup, turkey products, honey, jams and jelly.
Handmade arts and crafts will also be displayed and sold.
“The Peabody Farmers Market is another summertime attraction to bring residents and visitors to our downtown,” says Mayor Michael Bonfanti. “It is great to see the market grow every year.”
There is no fee invloved for farmers, crafters or musicians, so those interested in selling their wares or providing live entertainment should contact Lucia DelNegro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are also welcome and should contact the Community Development Department at 978-538-5782.