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Needham Farmers Market Update

Plans are progressing nicely for the June 10 opening day of the NeedhamFarmers Market on the front lawn of First Parish in Needham, from 1:00 to 5:00pm. There will be a nice variety of vendors, including locally grown produce, fish, meat, cheese, and baked goods.

Several local farms are committed to participating in the market, including the Needham Community Farm , MacArthur Farm of Holliston (owned byNeedham natives Peter and Helen MacArthur), and the Neighborhood Farm (operated by Kate Canney). Globe Fish Company of Fish Pier in Boston will sell locally landed fish, Lawton’s Farm in Foxborough will sell cheese, and the John Crow Farm in Groton will sell eggs, grass fed beef, lamb, poultry, and humanely raised pork. Baked goods such as challah, granola, and healthy muffins will come from Susie’s Baking, a Needham home kitchen.

Local artists will have a booth, musicians will play, and Needham non-profits will be offered a table to distribute literature. The hope is that theNeedham Farmers Market will create a source of wholesome local food forNeedham residents, support local farmers and artisans, and foster a sense of community in Needham.

Although the market will be self supporting soon, there are significant start-up costs involved. Several businesses have stepped up to help, including The Needham Bank, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Wingate Healthcare, Dedham Medical Associates, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Louise Condon Realty. Many Needham residents have signed up as “seedlings” by contributing financially and with their time.

You can learn more about the market plans and contribute at www.needhamfarmersmarket.org. See you at the market!

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