Join Us For Opening Day!! (June 9th)

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Farmers’ Market set to open June 9th.

Everything is green, lush, and blooming extravagantly here on the North Shore with the perfect balance of warmth, sun and rain.  That means it’s almost time for the Swampscott Farmers’ Market to launch its 2013 season. The market, which will be held again at the Swampscott High School at 200 Essex Street, officially opens on June 9 and will run every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, through the last Sunday in October.  

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What you can expect in early June.
One of the beauties of purchasing food from the Farmer’s Market is the freshness and truly seasonal nature of the produce.  On opening day, shoppers can expect to find an array of spring vegetables harvested within 24 hours of the market and in many cases, early that morning.  Likely produce will include greens such as lettuces, spinach, chard, kale, asparagus and broccoli raab, young beets, carrots, radishes and baby potatoes, snap and snow peas, green onions, chives, garlic scapes and other herbs.  Rhubarb will be in abundance, and strawberries will be coming along soon.

But produce isn’t the only thing you’ll find at the Swampscott Farmer’s Market.  Market vendors will offer a wide range of other goods including exceptionally tasty pasture-raised meats and eggs, fresh seafood, breads and pastries, soups and chowders, fresh homemade pastas and other prepared foods, as well as a variety of crafts such as jewelry and soaps made by local artisans. Special activities for children and families are planned for opening day, including live music, face painting and “plant-a-seed” hosted by Brick Ends Farm Compost.

Shopping at the farmers market strengthens our community, supports local farms and business, and helps us to get in touch—with friends and neighbors, with the people who raise our food, and with the seasons that shape what comes from earth to table.

Stay tuned to next week’s Reporter to keep up to date on the Swampscott Farmers’ Market produce updates and activities.  The market is open rain or shine Sundays from 10:00 to 1:00 starting June 9th, at the Swampscott High School , 200 Essex Street .

CSA Available at the Market This Year!

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CSA is now available at the Swampscott Farmers Market. What is a CSA? It is Community Supported Agriculture and a very popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Several of our Swampscott Farmers Market farm vendors are now offering this great opportunity and to make it easy for our public you can pick up your CSA “box” right from the Swampscott Farmers Market each week on Sunday.

We currently have two farms offering CSA pickup at the Swampscott Farmers Market each Sunday and expect more to be available.

Grant Family Harvest share program which is a weekly subscription to everything they produce throughout the summer. Each week members will receive a share of the freshest vegetables, cut flowers, and eggs we are harvesting that week. Full shares feed a family of four (or two vegetarians) and includes a bunch of flowers and a full dozen of our eggs. Half shares feed a family of two or three including a bunch of flowers and a half dozen of eggs. Each week we will feature a product from a fellow local farm like fruit and other farm goodies. For more information and to sign up visit www.grantfamilyfarm.com.