South Hadley’s Farmers’ Market opens for 9th season

  • Some of the items for sale at the South Hadley Farmers’ Market last Thursday. The market is open on the Town Common every Thursday through mid-October from 2 to 6 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Fresh strawberries for sale at the South Hadley Farmers’ Market last Thursday. The market is open on the Town Common every Thursday through mid-October from 2 to 6 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO

For the Gazette
Published: 6/19/2018 10:46:52 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley Farmers’ Market kicked off its ninth season last Thursday, providing the local community with the opportunity to buy local produce, baked goods, breads, meats, flowers and more on the town common every week from 2-6 p.m.

The farmers market, which will run until the second week of October, hosts about 10 local farmers and vendors every week. New food vendors this year include Caravan Kitchen Paninis of Northampton and Hot Oven Cookies of Holyoke. Later this summer, the market hopes to have fresh pressed organic juices sold by Pulse Cafe of Hadley, President Anne Barry said. Most weeks, there is also live entertainment.

Some of the farms that sell their produce at the market are Sapowsky Farms in Granby, Sentinel Farm in Belchertown and Stony Hill Farm in Wilbraham.

“We are lucky to live in an area where there are so many farms,” Barry said. “To be able to buy fruits and vegetables that were picked that morning is wonderful. We don’t have that luxury in the winter months.”

Barry, who has been shopping at the market since it opened in 2009, said that she became involved as the board president because she believes in the market’s mission and wanted to give back to the community.

“I always buy local whenever I can,” Barry said. “We are helping our neighbors and community members. Farming is not an easy way to make a living. It is difficult and tiring work, with no financial guarantees.”

Barry also explained that purchasing products at farmers markets is environmentally friendly. The strawberries sold last Thursday were picked that morning and only traveled 5 miles to the market from Sapowsky Farms.

Last year, the board was made up of entirely new members, which presented a learning curve.

“We were fortunate that the former board members were always willing to answer any questions that we had,” Barry said.

This year, there is a new market manager, Shaunia Swinton of Springfield. Swinton has previously been involved in organizing a farmers market on the Springfield Technical Community College campus.

There are four other board members in addition to Barry: Mary Leal, Marianne Neal-Joyce, Emelie Lyszchyn and Matt Ogrodowicz, a new member this year. Barry said that ideally, they would like to have a few more board members. Anyone interested in joining the board should email shfarmersmarket@gmail.com.




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