Haverhill Farmers Market opens on Saturdays with food, music and children’s activities

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The Haverhill Farmers Market kicks off the season this Saturday in downtown Haverhill.

While fresh fruits and veggies, homemade pastries and treats are expected, there are local musicians and, as manager Jeff Grassie points out, plenty of new features and lots to do for children.

“We have a few new suppliers. We have El Camino Cafe. We have chef Victor Andrade, who offers vegan and vegetarian options like spring rolls. We have Geminelle Design, who are going to do face painting at the Farmers Market – much more of a raffle for the kids, and we also work with the YMCA with a bunch of different organizations with them to do activities for the kids, ‘ he says.

Haverhill Farmers Market’s mission is to “provide access to farm fresh produce and promote local agriculture, as well as serve as a social gathering place to encourage a vibrant and connected community”. It was created in 1978.

“We are expecting our biggest year for the 44e year of the Haverhill Farmers Market,” says Grassie.

He notes, however, that this will be the last year ahead of the Herbert H. Goecke Jr. Memorial Parking Deck. The market will be moved next year with the planned demolition of the garage to make way for a $160 million redevelopment.

In partnership with Creative Haverhill, Team Haverhill also provides volunteers for the market.

It all happens on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 25 through October 29, rain or shine, along 51 Merrimack St. in downtown Haverhill. Musicians, sponsored by Jordan Financial and Insurance Services, perform weekly beginning at 10 a.m.

Vendors include a seasoned chef, Armstrong’s Glazed Popcorn, Beckah’s Bangin’ Butter, Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen, Craic Sauce, Disco Foods, Eclectic Clam, El Camino Foods, Everything Alpaca-NH, Fay’s Farm and Orchard, For de Café, Homemade Hummus, Honey Pot Maple Farm, House Bear Brewing, Joyberry Farms, KRM Chocolates. KYS Food for Dogs, Long Hill Orchard and Farm, Old Wild Farm, Polish Prince Pierogi, Purple Carrot Bread Company, Quinn’s Canine Café, Rocket Fuel Pesto, Roma’s Bakery, Simply Biscotti, Slippery Soap Company, The Bakers Rack, The Good Llama Co ., Wally’s Vegetables, Willow Spring Vineyards and 1634 Meadery.

James V. Payne