Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Farmers' Market Kicks Off This Weekend, 6/25! Don't Miss the Parade!

Every year I look forward to Maynard's summer traditions—going to Erikson's, attending the Maynard Community Band's weekly summer concert in Memorial Park, and the weekly Farmers' Market. All of these have the feel of a block party, only with the Farmers' Market, it's a block party where I get to buy fresh produce and support local agriculture, yummy baked goods, and other interesting things (soap, flavored extracts, jewelry, books, and dog treats for example).

Maynard's Farmers' Market has had a very cool Opening Day event for the last few years. Aimeé Ledwell of SmARTroom has organized a costume parade that kicks off the market in style. People arrive at the market around nine o'clock to make a bit of costume at the costume making station, or they arrive already dressed up. At a little after ten o'clock everyone starts to line up to walk through the downtown (at 10:30) and back to the market. It's a fun family event and a great way to get to know other people in town.

For many years I would do chalk drawings at the Farmers' Market, but my bad back has made that less of an option. Still, sometimes I can't help myself and I'll show up to do a little work from time to time. The market does still provide a bucket of chalk and bubbles for people to use. The kids do a great job with that, unless they're occupied with one of the other great children's events taking place (Story Time, craft projects, hula hoops, etc.)

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the live music! Johnny and Laura of Serendipity Café organize all the great musicians for the market.

The Maynard Farmers' Market is designed in a diamond shape to create a bit of an arena in the center. That way people can socialize, those with children can let them play a little bit while they do their shopping, and those with dogs can let them hang out with their four-pawed peers. Chairs located near the music allow people to rest a little bit while catching some shade.

You can buy a magnet at 6 Bridges Gallery, 77 Main St.
We've got a great thing going on here people! I know many of you will take time to travel this season, but if you're around our beloved hometown, don't miss out on this popular weekly event. It should be no surprise that it was at this very event that I came up with my bumper magnet. Come to the Maynard Farmers' Market and you'll see that Maynard really is like a big neighborhood!

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