Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week

Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week: August 16th – 22nd

Ashfield Farmers Market

Ashfield Farmers' Market: Saturdays from 8:30am-12:30pm. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Farmers’ markets “help heighten public awareness of the agricultural diversity of Massachusetts and the benefits of buying local and preserving open space,” according to Governor Patrick’s proclamation. “Farmers’ markets create a festive open air setting which enhances community spirit and civic pride by offering a natural place for community gathering. It is befitting for the citizens of Massachusetts to recognize the continued contribution of farmers’ markets to local consumers, as well as their positive impact on the economy of the Commonwealth.”

Shelburne Falls' Farmers Market on Fridays

Shelburne Falls Farmers' Market: Fridays from 3-7pm (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

“There are over 30 Farmers’ Markets in western Massachusetts that are providing the freshest produce, meats and specialty farm products”, says Philip Korman, Executive Director of CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture). “Almost every day of the week, there is a farmers’ market that enriches our community and provides an opportunity to bring the best to our family table.” Farmers’ markets are a great way to get to know local farmers and ask questions, get fresh produce, mingle with neighbors and enjoy free entertainment. It is fun for all ages!

Greenfield Farmers' Market Sign

Greenfield Farmers' Market: Saturdays from 8am-12:30pm (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

To find a Farmers’ market near you look in CISA’s Locally Grown Farm Products Guide for a listing of markets in the Pioneer Valley, or click HERE to discover on-line. Help support our local farms by shopping at a farmers’ market this week and every week throughout the growing season.

Founded in 1993, CISA is a nationally recognized community organization comprised of farmers, consumers, and professionals working together to sustain agriculture, strengthen the local economy, preserve the unique rural character of our communities, and enhance the well-being of western Massachusetts. Located in South Deerfield, CISA is the creator of numerous innovative programs, including Senior FarmShare, Farm2City, the Pioneer Valley Women in Agriculture Network, and the Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® public awareness campaign. Learn more about CISA at www.buylocalfood.org or call (413) 665-7100.

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