Farmers’ Market opens for season 5

by Town Reminder

Farmers’ Market opens for season 5
By Lauren Quirici
Turley Correspondent

SOUTH HADLEY – The weather’s getting warmer and tag sale season is in full swing. That means it’s time for the fifth season of the South Hadley Farmers’ Market to begin.
On Thursday, June 6 from 1-6 p.m., a diverse group of vendors will be selling their wares on the South Hadley Town Common.
The market is always abundant with a variety of fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The wide selection of delicious edibles also include freshly baked bread made with local grains, grass-fed beef and pork, fresh local eggs, maple syrup, gourmet pastries and desserts, artisan marinades, sauces and preserves, and locally brewed mead and honey wine.
Patrons will even find locally brewed kombucha, a fizzy, sweet-tart fermented tea beverage touted for its health benefits.
Be sure to visit the Backyard Bakery, operated by Dorie Goldman. Goldman bakes delicious crusty breads such as flax sesame, honey wheat and danish rye using locally grown grains, and transports them to the farmers’ market by bicycle to be sold.
For those who have a sweet tooth, the SugarBakers Cake Truck may have what you seek. The truck will be at the market at 4 p.m., with offerings such as peanut butter cup and salted caramel cupcakes.
And of course, Auntie Elsie’s Oatmeal Crisps will be available (try not to eat the whole bag at once. It isn’t easy!).
Local eats aren’t all the market has to offer. Vendors such as Dave’s Natural Garden of Granby, offers seedlings, plant starters and flowers for the home garden, as well as sprays, wreaths and table arrangements.
Dave’s takes pride in growing their berries, greens and flowers without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
The Bead Witch will be on site, selling beautiful handmade jewelry.
Patrons will also find beads crafted by local artisans and wooden kitchenware. Shoppers and vendors will be serenaded as they peruse and peddle by the Amherst brother/sister folk duet June & the Bee.
Vendors at the Farmers Market are prepared to accept cash, debit cards, and SNAP/EBT. WIC coupons can be used for produce from Dave’s Natural Garden and Farmacy Gardens.
For more information, “like” the South Hadley Farmers’ Market Facebook page, send an e-mail, or call Nora Murphy at 978-844-2522.