Your Time: Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market

  • 1. Brenden Camphor, Tiffany McGee 2. Sonny Grawer, Stephanie Cordova 3. Lee Fernandez, Merricka Breuer and her son Clinton 4. Otis Fairey, Susan Fields, Linda Stacy, 5. Rosamond Wulsin, B.Z. Reily, Patrick Mulvaney 6. Rylee Hruska, Barbara Hruska 7. Brian Bowden, William Jordan, dog Minnie 1. Brenden Camphor, Tiffany McGee 2. Sonny Grawer, Stephanie Cordova 3. Lee Fernandez, Merricka Breuer and her son Clinton 4. Otis Fairey, Susan Fields, Linda Stacy, 5. Rosamond Wulsin, B.Z. Reily, Patrick Mulvaney 6. Rylee Hruska, Barbara Hruska 7. Brian Bowden, William Jordan, dog Minnie

  • Alpaca figurines are displayed Feb. 18, 2017 at the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market in Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Sonny Grawer, 4, of Amherst, left, works on a paper bag animal craft with Stephanie Cordova of Sunderland during the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market Feb. 18, 2017 in Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Rosamond Wulsin of Amherst, left, and B.Z. Reily of Shutesbury talk with Patrick Mulvaney, vice president of Parnella Naturals, about his products Feb. 18, 2017 during the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market in Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Brian Bowden and William Jordan of Amherst visit the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market with their dog, Minnie, on Feb. 18, 2017 at Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Susan Fields of Amherst, center, purchases apples from Linda Stacy of Apex Orchards while Fields' son Otis Fairey, 6, bites into an apple Feb. 18, 2017 at the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market in Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Rylee Hruska, 6, laughs at a kitten puppet she and Barbara Hruska, both of Amherst, made during the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market Feb. 18, 2017 in Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Lee Fernandez of Brookfield-based Turnabout Farm, left, chats with customers Merricka Breuer and her son Clinton, 9, both of Sunderland, during the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market Feb. 18, 2017 in Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

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Published: 2/23/2017 4:31:05 PM

They came for the vegetables and stuck around for the community.

With baskets and bags in hand, visitors from across the Valley flocked to the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market, at Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School.

“Everything is fresh here,” said Tiffany McGee of Amherst, who picked out kale leaves one by one.

By late Saturday morning, the middle school was abuzz with activity. Children worked on craft projects and sledded outside while adults mingled and shopped.

“Once you start coming, you get to know the characters,” said B.Z. Reily of Shutesbury.

Merricka Breuer of Sunderland chatted with local farmers as she purchased items.

“I don’t have to go corporate,” she said. “I can meet everyone who produces.”

From the live music to the neighborly vibes, Susan Fields of Amherst feels at home at the market.

“It’s nurturing on so many levels, coming here,” she said.

Lee Fernandez, of Turnabout Farm in Brookfield, agreed, cheerily greeting each customer.

“How good it feels to walk in, in the morning, see those vegetables, and know that farmers are doing okay,” she remarked.

Sarah Crosby can be reached at scrosby@gazettenet.com.


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