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The Stats: On Thursday, June 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Cape Ann Farmers Market at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester will celebrate the opening of its 2013 season. The market will be closed on July 4th.
Farmer’s Market Community Picnic, Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. A chance for market goers to relax and socialize after the market closes. Shop for the picnic, or bring it from home. Stage Fort Park facilities include a number of grills. Entertainment includes live music by Happy Accidents and the popular Seafood Throwdown.
The 2013 Cape Ann Farmer’s Market will host more vendors than ever, 75 over the season, with 50 at any given market, making the market one of the largest in Massachusetts. Vendors are held to high standards, conforming to statewide farmer’s market guidelines and are all local. Along with an extensive array of fresh farm produce through-out the season, vendors will be selling baked goods, including gluten-free goodies and Lebanese flat bread, potted plants, herbs, gelato, fresh pasta, fish from Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood, local wines, roasted nuts, homemade cheese, and small-batch condiments. Back Yard Growers will be selling produce, eggs, and cut flowers. Prepared food for taking home or dining at the park include guacamole made on-site, tacos, burritos, lobster and crab rolls, grilled chicken and pulled pork, fresh homemade pizza, and savory and sweet tarts. Craft tents will offer organic soap, hand-made jewelry, pottery, hand-printed clothing, and art made from recycled materials. A complete list of vendors and weekly schedules may be found on www.capeannfarmersmarket.org.
The Farmers Market is at Stage Fort Park, overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor, through the courtesy of the City of Gloucester. Parking fees will be suspended during market hours, so plentiful free and ample parking will be available to shoppers. A CATA bus will run from the Rose Baker Center on Rogers Street to Stage Fort Park by reservation.
The Cape Ann Farmers Market is an independent non-profit, mission-based organization, started by and for the community of Cape Ann. It is funded by vendor fees, memberships, donations and grants. Cape Ann Farmers Market sponsors a used cookbook and garden book table, and will be selling tote bags, aprons, t-shirts and memberships, which include discounts at local restaurants and specialty stores every week to help offset the costs of running the market.
The Cape Ann Farmers Market accepts WIC coupons, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons, and SNAP/EBT, expanding its mission to bring healthy food to the entire community.
Other: The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market includes a wellness tent where shoppers can relax with a therapeutic massage, and an education tent where local non-profits promote their organizations and services. Children’s activities are organized by Art Haven every week at 4:15 under the children’s tent. Stage Fort Park has a playground to entertain children while parents shop, and grills are available so families can stay for a picnic dinner or a concert at the bandshell.
Talent: Instead of piped-in supermarket Muzak, area musicians provide an original background soundtrack for shopping. Performances are during market hours, from 3:30 to 6:30, and feature sea shanties, folk, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and world music over the course of the summer.