Through collaboration with the City of Medford and the Mayor’s office, Medford Farmers Market is excited to announce a new location for 2017—the market’s tenth-anniversary season. Please join us on Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 7pm, June 8 through October 12, at the Condon Shell on Mystic Valley Parkway, east of Winthrop Street, in Medford. (View a map.) Free parking is available in the Condon Shell lot along the river, as well as along South Street and Winthrop Street, near the baseball fields.
The new location provides a large, manicured, riverside green space, giving visitors more room for shopping, eating, socializing, and enjoying the weekly live music and programming. Other benefits include direct access and free parking along the major thoroughfare of Mystic Valley Parkway, and nearby service via multiple MBTA bus lines, including the 94, 95, and 96. The new site is adjacent to Medford Community Gardens’ original Winthrop Street location and has easy access to electricity and running water. Plus, with a canoe/kayak put-in just east of the shell, for the first time, visitors will be able to walk, drive, take the bus, ride a bike, or even paddle to the market.
The central location also supports the market’s goal of bringing fresh, healthy, and sustainable food to Medford’s diverse community. As in past years, the market will continue to match EBT/SNAP benefits up to $20, meaning EBT cardholders can receive a total of $40 worth of fresh food and produce when they spend $20. The market’s benefits-matching program continues to grow by 10 to 12 percent per year, serving a demonstrated need. In 2016, the market matched over $3,000 in fresh, local, sustainable food. Learn more about this effort at medfordfarmersmarket.org/produce-in-a-snap.
This year, the Medford Farmers Market welcomes new vendors Freedom Food Farm, Aaronap Cellars, Henna Inspired, Peg’s Preserves, Red Antler Apothecary, and Jaju Pierogi, who will be joining returning vendors Good Roots Farm, Deano’s Pasta, Brigham Farm, Coastal Vineyards, Lanni Orchards, Bagel Land, Ackermann Maple Farm, Beads by Beardslee, and SwissBakers. More vendors are still registering and the final list will continue to grow. Potential vendors interested in selling at the market can find more information and download the relevant forms at medfordfarmersmarket.org/meet-your-vendors.
Musicians interested in playing at the market can find more information at medfordfarmersmarket.org/support-your-market. Live music at the market is generously supported by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency, which is in turn supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
– Submitted by Mike Quinn, President, Board of Directors, Medford Farmers Market