Cambridge Farmer’s Market opens at new location

CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Farmer’s Market was bustling Thursday afternoon during the opening day of the 2017 season.

For years, Long Wharf Park was the site of the farmer’s market, but it was moved this year to 540 Race St., in the parking lot across from Simmons Center Market. On Thursday, the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to officially open the season. Katie Clendaniel, executive director of Cambridge Main Street, thanked the many people who were there to shop for fresh vegetables; strawberries right out of the field; potted flowers, herbs, lettuce and tomatoes; and other treats.

Ms. Clendaniel also thanked the many market vendors for supporting the move, as well as Ricky Travers, Dorchester County Council president, and Simmons Center Market proprietor, for use of the parking lot for the season. Mr. Travers said Ms. Clendaniel had plans to move the farmer’s market to the 500 block, and he offered use of the lot free of charge.

“Thank you for coming. Thank you for finding our location here for the very first day at 540 Race St.,” Ms. Clendaniel said while addressing the crowd Thursday. “This is a great place to be. … It’s bringing the market back downtown. It’s bringing it to the people. It’s bringing it to the 500 block and we want to see the 500 block revitalized.”

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The Cambridge Farmer’s Market was busy Thursday on Race Street, the opening day for the season.

Ms. Clendaniel said the market is bringing more fresh food to an area that needs it. Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley spoke briefly after Ms. Clendaniel. The mayor urged patrons to fill up their bags and shop locally.

Susie Bartley manages the farmer’s market for Cambridge Main Street, and cut the ribbon Thursday. She said she saw a lot of familiar faces from last year’s farmer’s market, and she’s happy with the move.

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Susie Bartley, the Cambridge Farmer’s Market manager for Cambridge Main Street, cuts a Dorchester Chamber of Commerce ribbon to officially open the market’s season Thursday on Race Street. The market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday for the season.

“I like having it downtown, and that we had a big turnout today,” Ms. Bartley said.
Michael and Vista Cheesman, husband and wife farmers from St. Helier Farm in Preston, have sold their produce and potted plants at farmer’s markets for 20 years. This is their fourth year participating in the Cambridge Farmer’s Market.

“This is a great mid-week market,” Mrs. Cheesman said. “It’s very nice, and we’ve done well here.”

The Cambridge Farmer’s Market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday through mid-October. For more information, visit cambridgemainstreet.com/farmers-market.

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