Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
NOTE STARTING NOVEMBER HAVERHILL’S FARMERS MARKET MOVES INDOORS TO THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH….Saturdays 9:30-12:30
According to farmfresh.org a group that promotes locally grown produce and garden items, there are 8 farms producing and selling edibles in Haverhill. For this comprehensive list check out the website at: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/search.php?q=Haverhill+MA&zip=01830 . These farms range from single crop producers that focus on farm style entertainment (Hay rides, corn mazes, petting zoos and events) to PYO (pick your own) and CSAs (community shared agriculture where regular people buy a share of the produce take on an annual basis) to farm stands and farmers market attendees.
So it’s no wonder summer in Haverhill is about the best time to get in the habit of eating healthy, fresh foods.
Visit each farm stand to find your favorite or for the broadest assortment, check out Haverhill Farmers Market on Saturdays 9am-1pm through October 26. 40 Bailey Boulevard, next to the police department.
According to the Farmers Market website http://www.haverhillfarmersmarket.org/ there is quite a history with this endeavor.
“The Haverhill Farmers’ Market has been in operation since 1978. Wally Lesiczka of Wally’s Vegetables was the only farmer at the city’s farmers market when it first started on Bailey Boulevard. However, during the late 1970s and early 1980s more than a dozen local farmers were selling their crops at the market. As Haverhill farmers sold their land, passed away, or retired, the market dwindled to two vendors by 2007 (Wally’s Farm and Fay’s Farm). In 2007, volunteers from Team Haverhill helped to rejuvenate the market. Today the market has about twenty vendors and is a wonderful meeting place for the community. Unlike many markets, all goods are 100% “seller made, seller grown”.
And the exciting thing is Haverhill’s own Wally’s (a perennial winner at the Topsfield Fair) still takes a prominent spot at the market. And Fay’s Farm is still selling apples.
If you’ve never been to the Farmers Market, it might not be what you’d expect. The farmers market does not limit itself to Haverhill grown products; we saw berries and greens from West Newbury, wine from Boxford, and knife sharpening from North Andover. Common misconception – everything at the farmers market is good for you…well it might be good, but some of those homemade baked goods should be devoured in moderation, if you can control yourself. And the pottery is soothing to the eye that appreciates beauty, but not necessarily a refrigerator staple. There are kids’ activities and plenty of samples to keep the little ones happy. Check out the vendor list on the Haverhill Farmers Market website and expect some surprises each week.
The Heartbeat of Haverhill attended opening day (and will be back whenever possible) and was charmed by the musicians and the scale of the different booth operators. Audrey’s Pretties are seedlings grown in her home, Parker River Wines started out as a hobby for two neighbors. Another happy surprise at the farmers market….the fabulous home baked “oreo” style cookies from Lakeview Kitchen will soon be available at the company’s new bakery opening later this summer in Bradford. Everyone loves to hear about a new business in Haverhill, especially one selling sweet treats!
The farmers market lets you comparison shop…we bought romaine lettuce from one location, exotic kale from another, herbs, perennial ornamental plants, herbal teas, and bread and cookies from others. Right now greens and berries are at their peak; local corn usually starts showing up about the third week of July. And with the hot summer weather we experience each year, a non-cooked meal of salads and baked goods might just hit the spot.
UPDATE JUST READ THIS (AUG 4) ONLINE AT THE EAGLE TRIBUNE – SENIORS IN NEED RECEIVE DISCOUNTED COUPONS FOR THE FARMERS MARKET
Farmers Market coupons for seniors
Farmers Market coupons will be available for distribution to qualified seniors who are at least 60 years old at the Council on Aging, 10 Welcome St. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Seniors will need to demonstrate they are low-income by showing proof that they are enrolled in or participate in a government-funded benefit or assistance program. Seniors must bring an ID that shows date of birth and address and proof that they receive one of the following: Supplementary Social Security Income (SSI), Section 8 Housing, Energy assistance, or Medicaid. Residents of subsidized housing facilities may qualify for the vouchers by providing the Haverhill Council on Aging with a letter from their property manager. An individual’s name must appear on the letter. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell