On the second Thursday in June, the Salem Farmers’ Market will officially kick off its fourteenth season on Derby Square. With over 25 vendors, the market will be held at Derby Square on Front Street in Salem, MA every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 9th through October 13th, 2022.
“The Salem Farmers’ Market has truly become a destination for the community for over a decade now – it’s a gathering place as well as an opportunity to get fresh, local produce and other one-of-a-kind goods,” Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan said, adding that the market typically draws over 2,000 market-goers weekly.
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 established farms like Clark Farm, Long Hill Orchard, and Wally’s Vegetables, with an exciting number of emerging farms, including Rivershed Farm (formerly Merrimack Farm), Griffin Hall Farms, and Sunspell Flora. They are complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors. Exciting new additions to the 2022 market include Three Gingers Kitchen (jerky), Svenfish (seafood), Wicked Awesome Brownie, R.E. Kimball & Co (jams), Ran Remedy (cold pressed juices), Mei Mei Dumplings, La Frontera Sabrosa (empanadas), Bridges Nepali Cuisine, and O’Brien’s Garden Center (new ownership of longtime market favorite Gibney Gardens), along with many other surprises and additions throughout the season. Every week the market offers live music and representation from different community groups and initiatives.
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!
To get the latest updates about the farmers’ market, visit www.salemfarmersmarket.org, or follow the Salem Farmers Market on Facebook (www.facebook.com/
Tips to know before you go!
Anyone’s first time at the Farmers’ Market can be overwhelming! We’ve put a list of pro tips together for you to make your first trip, or first trip back for the season a breeze.
- BYOB (Bring your own bag)
Few things are more inconvenient than walking around your local farmers market with an arm full of cabbage with no place to put them! Do yourself a favor and bring your favorite sustainable tote bag with you. No need to fret if you don’t have one. Tote bags will be available for purchase at the market if you find yourself in a last minute pinch.
- Don’t be hangry! (Eat a snack)
Shopping on an empty stomach is a quick way to end up leaving with enough food to feed a marching band (don’t worry we’ve all been there before). Stop by one of the vendors when you get to the market and fuel up before you begin shopping. With a great variety of vendors this season you are sure to find a treat that you like.
- Stay hydrated
Make sure you stay hydrated while you are walking around the market and shopping. Bring a reusable water bottle with you to lower your carbon footprint and look cool while doing it! After you’ve finished your water stop by Ran Remedy (cold pressed juices) to have them top you off with a refreshing juice to take with you on the road.
- Take a break
Give yourself a break from all of the hard work that you’ve put in curating your Farmers’ Market haul. Listen to some live music, or strike up a conversation with one of the community groups that will be in attendance at the market.
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, INSA, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers.
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. If you are interested in getting involved and helping out at your local farmers market, Salem’s Farmers Market is actively looking for volunteers. Tasks include weekly set up from 1:30 to 3:00, help at the info table between 3:00 and 7:00, and break down help from 6:30 to 7:30. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
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