Club Sprouts member getting a free bike tune-up at the market.

Club Sprouts member getting a free bike tune-up at the market.

The summer market begins Thursday, June 8, 2017  with new hours 2 to 7 p.m. Each week the market holds fun, family events.  Here’s what’s happening for the 2017 summer season.

Club Sprouts – Every week at the market at the market table,.  Answer the clue of the day for a fruit or vegetable at the market…Have a taste…Earn a stamp in your passport…Five stamps wins a prize!

Free Bike Tune-ups – The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will be at the market every month providing free bike tune ups and information about biking around Melrose, June 9, July 21, Aug. 18, Sep. 15, Oct. 20.  Sign up for a time-slot here.

Ask a Master Gardener – The 1st market of every month, beginning in July, all day, Trudy Macdonald and Maureen Pritzker, Massachusetts Master Gardeners, will be at the market to answer questions you might have about taking care of your garden, July 6, Aug. 3, Sep. 7, & Oct. 5.  Maureen will test your soil for you.  Bring a sample to the market.  Follow these steps to take a soil sample.

Melrose Herb Walk – Steph Zabel of Flowerfolk Herb will lead an herb walk starting at steph-zabelthe farmers’ market. She will take you around the area close to the park to talk about the herbs that are beneath your feet – herbs you an use every day.  The walk is Sept. 7, starting at 5:00 pm.  Meet at the market table tent.  Sign up in advance to reserve your spot.

Tai Chi on Sept. 29 at 3pm, Susan Becker and her class will give a demonstration.  At 3:30, she will provide a free class to anyone who would like to participate.  Susan has been running Tai Chi classes at the Milano Senior Center. Their group is sponsored by Mystic Valley Elder Services. Their program is one of the 3 CDC certified programs for fall prevention.


Yoga in the park at the summer market.

Yoga in the Park – starting July 6 to Sept. 14, 5-6pm, Barre and Soul Yoga will lead free outdoor yoga classes at the park.  All levels are welcome; children are welcome to join if accompanied by an adult.  Bring your yoga mat or a large towel to practice on.  Stretch away the stress and leave you feeling centered and rejuvenated.  They are proud to present recent graduates of their Yoga Teacher Training program!  Note that yoga will be canceled if rain is forecasted.

Animal Craze bringing baby animals – chicks, ducklings, a lamb, a kid (baby goat), a bunny, and a piglet, Sept. 1, 4-5pm

Curious Creatures – a trained animal will bring a beautiful collection of animals to the market with many fascinating, fun facts, Aug. 4, 4-5pm

Cook-to-the-Season Demonstration – we will cook-to-the-season demonstrations when our cooks are available.  Amy Rindskopf, who demonstrated at our winter market, is back to our summer market on Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8 and 29.  She will start shopping at the market at 3pm then do her demonstrations from 4-5:30 pm.

Drumlin Farm – Mass. Audubon’s Drumlin Farm will be bringing animals to share and talk about, July 28, 3-4pm

Chickens on the Urban Farm Tour.

Chickens on the Urban Farm Tour.

Melrose Urban Farms Tour June 24, 10am – 3pm, rain or shine.  Melrose farmers, chicken tenders, beekeepers and gardeners are opening up their farms to the public for the first ever Melrose Urban Farms Tour. This is a self-guided, family-friendly tour of the best urban farms in Melrose. Get tips on edible gardens, see what’s needed for keeping goats, chickens and bees in an urban setting, learn about composting, and ask a Master Gardner questions about your own garden. This year we have a very special fairy garden on the tour! Buy tickets online.