This summer’s Hopkinton Farmers Market opened last Sunday and will be open through Oct. 19, 1 to 5 p.m. on the Town Common, giving residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns a welcome green space to gather, visit with friends and buy their locally grown food for the week.
This year’s Farmers Market promises to be bigger and better than ever. It will feature four fruit and vegetable farms, including Heirloom Harvest, Kelly’s Farm, The Pumpkin Farm, and Hopkinton’s own Long Life Farm. Shady Pine Farm will again feature grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and free range eggs.
Look for the return of many of your market favorites including Five Loaves Bakery, Narragansett Creamery cheeses, Vanderwalk Farm (fresh berries and blueberry wine), P.Y. LE Sweets, Little Beehive Farm, and Zoll Cellars winery. New specialty food vendors this year will include Everything Jalapeno and NOT, Fox Hollow Pie Company, Woodville Maples (maple syrup), and Cookie Lady Treats.
Several artisans will also rotate through the market including Cave Studio Arts, Elsie Kay Glassworks, Kittredge Candles, Angel Hair Alpacas, as well as a selection of new artisans.
Each week, the Farmers Market will feature a children’s tent with a different activity, as well as a local community organization. Opening day will feature a representative from Hopkinton Drug’s Health Series in the community tent, and Hopkinton based Love of Learning in the children’s tent. Owner Jennifer Ferreyra’s mission is to encourage children to be life long learners and to help all children access curriculum utilizing hands-on activities. She will have fun hands on activity for children to participate in as well as a free raffle where the winner will receive a free tutoring session. After shopping, stay for the Summer Concert Series on the Common, which starts at 5pm.
The Hopkinton Farmers Market is sponsored by Hopkinton Drug, and Bartlett Electrical Services. The market will again be offering the “plant a carrot” program, where local residents and businesses can support the market by purchasing a carrot for their garden or outdoor planter, and by popular request, this year there will be Hopkinton Farmers Market t-shirts, aprons, and grocery bags available for sale. All proceeds will support the market, and Hopkinton Farmers Market scholarship fund for local high school seniors.
The Town Common is located at the corner of Main St. (Rt 135) and Ash St., across from Center School.
The Hopkinton Farmers Market seeks vendors based on the following criteria:
- Strong preference for locally grown and locally produced crops and products.
- A diverse mix of products, encouraging selection, vitality and freshness.
- Preference for products produced organically or through environmentally responsible practices.
- Preference for animal products that are sustainably raised or harvested and humanely handled and processed.
- Preference for whole foods rather than highly processed foods.