Winter farmers market returns to Hampshire Mall on Saturday

  • Fungi Ally mushrooms are displayed Dec. 30, 2017, at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley, known then as the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/3/2020 12:51:27 PM
Modified: 12/3/2020 12:51:17 PM

HADLEY — Produce, meats, and prepared foods, as well as clothing, crafts and soaps, will be available at the Winter Farmers Market at Hampshire Mall beginning Saturday.

The market, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for each Saturday over the next 16 weeks, is back at the Route 9 site for the fourth year but is relocating from the corridor next to Target to the former Autobahn Indoor Speedway storefront off Cafe Square.

Mall general manager Lynn Gray said mall management and market manager Cathleen O’Keefe worked closely with Hadley officials, including the Board of Health, to create a safe layout for the market, with vendors spaced at least six feet apart and just one point of entry for customers. That will allow a count of those entering the space to stay within the local and state occupancy guidelines.

Gray added that the mall appreciates the opportunity to again support local farms, vendors and artisans.

Those who will be at the market with produce, eggs, cheeses, and meats, either weekly or on occasion, include Bergeron Sugar House of Hatfield, Chase Hill Farm of Warwick, Double C Ranch and Red Fire Farm, both of Granby, Quabbin Hill Farms of Pelham, Atlas Farm of South Deerfield and Apex Orchards of Shelburne.

Prepared breads and other food will come from Berkshire Mountain Bakery of Housatonic and Bread & Me of Wilbraham.

Other vendors will include Sir Barks-A-Lot Homemade Dog Treats and Cold Spring Soapery, both of Belchertown, and Mark’s Clay Creations of Hampden.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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