Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 19, 2014

Return to local flavor; Farmers Market opening Saturday for season

Three food trucks will join the 22 vendors at this year’s Farmers Market, which opens Saturday morning, June 21, on the grounds of the Andover Historical Society at 97 Main St.

It’s the eighth consecutive year for the market and the additional hour of shopping each week that was instituted last year remains. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the weekly event will continue every Saturday through Sept. 27, with the exception of July 5.

“Shoppers asked for those hours so we now host the market for four hours instead of just three. This time frame, updated in 2013, has proven very popular and gives everyone a better chance of attending,” said Carrie Midura, programs and public relations manager for the Andover Historical Society.

This year’s vendor list is not limited solely to produce and fresh ingredients. There will be flowers, wine, cheeses and bread to purchase as well as items from crafters, including jewelry.

“All products are locally grown or made in Massachusetts, allowing consumers to purchase healthier alternatives to the mass-produced and manufactured foods and products otherwise available” Midura said.

“With a total of 22 vendors, each offering different and naturally made foods and crafts — many very near to Andover — customers will still have variety and choices in what they buy.”

In addition, there will be live musical entertainment courtesy of the Merrimack Valley Community Music School as well as other demonstrations planned. Plus, representatives of area community groups, including Andover Village Improvement Society and MSPCA’s Nevins Farm, will be on hand to talk about their organizations.

New this year is a Kids Corner — an area on the north side of the market for younger visitors to read, make crafts and learn about farming. In addition, a children’s garden and historically inspired maze have been added to the grounds behind the society building.

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