June 21, 2021

Salem Farmers’ Market Returns!

by Felicia Cheney

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From Salem Main Streets

The Salem Farmers’ Market will officially kick off its thirteenth season on Thursday, June 24 at the Bentley School parking lot (25 Memorial Drive). With over 20 returning vendors, the market will be held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 24th through October 14th, 2021.
“The Salem Farmers’ Market being able to continue at Bentley School last year was one of the great wins of 2020,” Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan said. “We believe that the market plays an important role in our community for not only as a valuable point of food access, but also to provide a sense of normalcy and togetherness as we continue to rebuild.”  
As COVID-19 regulations were still changing frequently this spring, market organizers felt that starting the season at Bentley School would give the most flexibility to address any remaining restrictions or best public health practices. However, the market plans to return to its downtown location on Derby Square by the end of the summer!
For five months every year, the largely volunteer-run market gives residents and tourists alike the opportunity to buy farm-fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, meat, and a variety of other goods. At the heart of the market are seven major farms: Clark Farm, Maitland Mountain Farm, Grant Family Farm, Merrimack Farm, Heavens Harvest Farm, Long Hill Orchard, and Wally’s Vegetables. They are complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors. Every week the market offers live music and representation from different community groups and initiatives.

Mask/face coverings are at your discretion within the market area. Attendees are encouraged to do what makes them feel most comfortable so long as they respect the vendors, organizers, and other shoppers. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, please stay home.
As in previous years, the market will continue to take EBT through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  In compliance with the City of Salem’s plastic bag ordinance, we encourage attendees to bring their own bags – or buy a tote bag at the market to support our work!
The market is made possible through the leadership of Salem Main Streets and the Farmers’ Market Committee, as well as the generous contributions of numerous volunteers.  To get the latest updates about the farmers’ market, visit our website at www.salemfarmersmarket.org, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SalemMAFarmersMarket) or Twitter (@salemfarmersmarket).
About Salem Main Streets
Salem Main Streets’ mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and the promotion of the downtown district.  SMS provides direct support to downtown businesses and produces numerous community events and initiatives throughout the year, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and the October Information Booth.  SMS operates thanks to the generosity and partnership of the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, Creative Collective, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers.

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