By Sue Ellen Woodcock
The Farmer’s Market opens this Friday, July 7 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. on the lawn of the American Legion Post on Broadway next to City Hall.
This year, the third year the market has been at the American Legion site, Haley Hanton is the new market manager. So far, there are three farms bringing produce and several artisans, two of them are Farmer Dave’s of Dracut and Lonni’s of Lunenburg. Also featured are Kat’s Jewelry and Bakery.
“We’re opening with a solid list of vendors,” Hanton said.
There will also be a bubble bounce house, face-painting and storytelling.
There will also be matching programs for WIC and SNAP.
“Over the past two years the Revere Farmers’ Market has been flourishing into a vibrant and intergenerational community space. The market bolsters business development in the city and provides a valuable space for small business incubation,” said Dimple Rana of Revere on the Move.
The market serves as a vital access point to fresh, healthy produce for not only low-income families using SNAP or WIC, but also for students who can get a free lunch through the Summer Meals Program. Seniors and veterans–two of the most neglected populations for food insecurity– also receive benefits to shop at the market. A Community Food Assessment on the Revere Food Economy was conducted to analyze community workforce demands and small business development needs to support a growing local food economy. Through the Massachusetts Food Trust Program the Revere Farmers’ Market could become an anchor of year round locally sourced foods, support economic growth by improving food system’s operations and create job opportunities in our community.
“I am committed to ensuring the Farmer’s Market succeeds and thrives, and has backed that commitment by empowering the market to hire a talented manager to oversee operations,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo.
The Mayor’s vision is for the Farmer’s Market to become even more of a shared, vibrant community space, where the whole city can come together and enjoy food, crafts, arts, public events, and more. The Mayor is confident that each year, the Farmer’s Market will continue to grow into a true destination.
Market organizes also want to thank the MGH Health Center of Revere and Chelsea for helping to obtain grants for the market.