ASHLAND – The Ashland Farmers Market has been given the approval to offer a pared down Ashland Farmers Market starting on June 13.
The market will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 125 Front Street, across from the Ashland Library for 18 consecutive Saturdays.
Safety will be our number one priority, said organizers.
The Ashland Farmers Market will be an outdoor essential food market this year, said organizers.
Market organizers said they are “committed to following guidelines from Gov. Baker, Mass Dept. of Agricultural Resources, Ashland’s Board of Health and Town Manager Michael Herbert.”
The market will accept SNAP and match up to $20 per market visit. Two farms will accept H.I.P. for SNAP users. Come to the Market Managers tent with your EBT or P-EBT card for SNAP tokens.
This season’s market, because of COVID-19, is not for lingering and socializing but rather for accessing healthy local food, said organizers.
The new setup is geared to help customers select and pick up their produce and goods quickly and safely, said organizers.
Nothing has changed about the high quality of what the vendors bring to the market each week, said the Ashland Farmers Market.
Produce goes directly from field to market. With fewer hands touching and shorter turnarounds, it is safer than produce trucked or flown to supermarkets, and much fresher as well.
“There will be no music, no sampling, no artisans, no picnic tables, no ready-to-eat or drink, no dogs, no events,” said organizers.
The Ashland Farmers Market, the farmers, and the vendors are being proactive and responsive to these difficult times. They need the complete cooperation of their customers to make this a successful ongoing effort,” said organizers.
The Ashland Farmers Market recommends making a shopping list beforehand, preordering where possible, and sending just one family member to the market, said organizers.
Additional info at AshlandFarmersMarket.org.