Saturday, June 4, 2011

Braintree Farmers Market Opening Saturday June 11th at 90 Pond St.

Radishes are now in season in Massachusetts.

We're back...  The Braintree Farmers Market hosted by Sustainable Braintree is kicking up it's heels for another sunny season starting on Saturday June 11th from 9 to 1, rain or shine, at 90 Pond Street, Braintree's other Town Hall.  Thayer Academy will be holding their graduation on this date as well so we've moved, for one day only, to ensure there'll be plenty of parking to go around.  The market will be located in front of the building with parking in the back.  This location is wheel chair accessible. The market will return to our permanent location at the Braintree Town Hall Mall on June 18th, just in time for our Strawberry Festival, and will operate there every Saturday from 9 to 1, rain or shine, through October 29th with the Special Indoor Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 19th.
     Mayor Joseph Sullivan will be on hand to welcome folks to the first market for our 2011 season.  Make sure to say "Hello" and let him know that you value the farmers market.  Community support is the reason why the market thrives and every single visitor is important to our continued success.  Reacquaint yourselves with your favorite farmers and vendors and meet our new ones as well.  The market will be poised to bring you the best locally grown produce and artisan food products this side of Sunset Lake.  Our goal to provide our customers with a one-stop shopping experience with a wide variety of choices. 
     Bring your dull knives for this market only as we're hosting On The Edge Knife Sharpener as a special Visiting Vendor for the day.  Patti Small is making the rounds at various farmers markets as a convenience for customers to ensure your cutting tools are in tip top shape for cutting your local foods from the market.  Bring your knives, scissors, shears and just about anything you can think of to have them sharpened by this local sharpening legend who has turned knife sharpening into an art form.
     Be sure to mark your calendar for June 18th as we're celebrating with our first Annual Strawberry Festival.  C. N. Smith Farm will be featuring their locally famous and intoxicatingly delicious strawberries along with strawberry shortcake, made to order, from Ever So Humble Pie Company.  You know the combination of products from these two proprietors are a match made in heaven.  The mighty strawberry will take center stage for the day as other vendors will be featuring this fine fruit for your discerning palette.  The very talented Tiffany Rozenas and Family will be on hand to provide us with their Celtic fiddle music as everyone is invited to enjoy your treats under our big events tent that was bestowed on us last season by BELD (Braintree Electric Light Dept.).  A limited print run of commemorative Braintree Farmers Market Strawberry Festival posters (10"x15.5") are available with a $5 donation.
     Please take notice-this season we are no longer allowing dogs in the market.  The market is now attracting more people and we've decided that it has become too much of a liability.  Vendors have also had their products destroyed in the past.  You may bring your dog through the market if you are holding them in your arms or the animal is wearing a muzzle.  Animals must be at least six feet away from any food products.
     Drop by the Sustainable Braintree/Market Manager tent to pick up your complimentary summer issue of edibleBOSTON.  By the end of June we will also be providing edibleSouth Shore Magazine free to customers.  Learn about the local foods movement that has taken a stronghold on Massachusetts and be proud of the fact that Braintree is an integral part of this important revolution.  
     Be sure to purchase our newest organic Tee shirt design for this season.  All profits go directly towards supporting the efforts of the market.  They're silk-screened in Braintree and they're cluckin' awesome! 
Joe Beaulieu is our livestock farmer.
  For all your local foods and more explore the Braintree Farmers Market. For more information about us and to see our special market dates go to  We're always in the market for volunteers. Please look for the volunteers sign up link at our website.  See you on Saturday.

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