Thank you for the amazing community response last week for National Farmers’ Market Week! We had a season record number of 1200 people and raised over $500 for our Friends of the Market Campaign. We would also like to thank local businesses who contributed to the raffle: Lilah-Rose, Melrose Family YMCA, Buckalew’s General, Giacomo’s of Melrose Cambridge Brewing Company, and La Qchara. And a special thanks to our business neighbor, Sweet Spot Bakery for generously donating a delicious cake for the event. The day had a strong community feel, with special guests, State Rep Paul Brodeur, who emphasized the importance of the Melrose market and its role in supporting small businesses. Mayor Rob Dolan discussed the history of the market and how it has grown to the market it is today.
Our farms are in full bloom! We have lots of fresh produce and new this week are melons! We have an active day scheduled for August 24, our get moving day! The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee welcomes Melrose residents to bring their bikes to the market from 4-7pm for free basic bicycle repairs! They will check bikes for safety issues and perform basic adjustments. They don’t have spare parts (tubes, cables, chains) to fix larger issues but are happy to get your bike running a little safer and smoother. They can also answer questions and offer tips about bike safety and regular maintenance. Please follow this link to get a time slot for a bike check.
Also on August 24, participate in several different workouts at the market! 5pm Barre & Soul Melrose is offer at free yoga class, 6:15pm Fitlife Melrose is running their Fusion class at the park, and Marathon Sports’ RunClub is leaving from the market at 6:30pm and are encouraging others to join them on a nice run from the park.
Please stop by and help support your local market, farms, and small businesses. Remember, parking is tight so we encourage you to walk/bike/run to the market.
Please join us this Thursday, August 10, 2-7pm, to celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week and to kickoff our Friends Campaign. As Governor Charles Baker just mentioned in the news,“This week, and all season long, we are proud to celebrate Massachusetts many farmers’ markets and support the continued viability of family farms, local food production and community camaraderie. I encourage all Massachusetts residents to visit a farmers’ market and purchase fresh Massachusetts-grown products to support your local farmers.”
We have a wonderful market in Melrose that features 4 farms from Massachusetts, selling fresh fruits and vegetables. We also feature local artisans, restaurants/bakeries, and live music. SFFM has a real community feel. To ensure ALL residents have access to fresh, healthy foods, SFFM matches SNAP up to $10 and have a farm that is accepting further matching through the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). For shoppers not carrying cash, you can use your credit card at the Market Table to receive “market bucks”; no cash, no problem.
We are asking you to join friends across the country to celebrate farmers market week while making friends locally by becoming a Friend of the Market. Friends who donate $25 or more will get the coveted bunny-proof orange lawn carrot, those who donate $50 or more will also receive a special new canvas tote bag designed by local artist Tim Scapes. Any Friend contributing $100 or more will receive those plus additional vendor goodies and special invites to our upcoming events. Donations to SFFM are always tax deductible, and help the Market put on special events and programming, such as Family Day, Club Spouts and cooking demonstrations, as well as make your market-goer experience more enjoyable by replacing tattered tents, providing our popular port-a-potty and more! Friends will be able to sign-up at a special Friends Market table and enjoy a slice of cake created and donated by local business Sweet Spot Bakery. Several local elected officials have been invited to attend as well. Do extra good with other Non-profits this week – The Collar Club-collecting blankets, sheets, and towels for the MSPCA, and MelroseBYOB (bring your own bag) will be at the market to talk about their initiative to help Melrose use fewer single-use plastic and paper bags, and switch to reusable shopping bags.
We strongly encourage you to walk/ride bikes, limited parking is available at the Cedar Park Commuter Lot, Trinity Church parking lot, and neighboring streets. Please do NOT park at Garniss, their lot is intended for their customers. Thank you!
To ensure an effective conversation with the Ask a Master Gardner, be sure to bring in your soil samples to get tested at the market on August 3. Please read here on how to gather your soil samples.