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Salem, MA, May 22, 2016 – In less than a month, the Salem Farmers’ Market will officially kick off the eighth season in its current format on Derby Square. With over 30 vendors, the market will be held at Derby Square on Front Street in Salem, MA every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 9th through October 13th, 2016.

Opening day will set the tone for the largely volunteer-run market that, for five months each year, gives residents and tourists alike the opportunity to buy farm-fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, meat, and a variety of other goods. Every week the marketoffers live music and representation from different community groups.

“The market has truly become a destination for the community – it’s a gathering place as well as an opportunity to get fresh, local produce and other goods,“   Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan said, adding that the 2015 market season brought an attendance of well over 2,000 market-goers weekly. “With the great range of vendors that we have, there’s something for everyone at our farmers’ market.”

At the heart of the market are seven major farms: Clark Farm, Gibney Gardens, Maitland Mountain Farm, Grant Family Farm, Heavens Harvest Certified Organic Farm, Long Hill Orchard, and Wally’s Vegetables. They are complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors.

Exciting new additions to the 2016 market include Cauldron Fermented Foods, 1634 Meadery, Bare Cheek Beauty, Grammy’s Bakery, and Powerhouse Juice.

As in previous years, the farmers’ market will continue to take EBT through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.   

The market is made possible through the leadership of Salem Main Streets and the Farmers’ Market Committee, as well as the generous contributions of numerous volunteers. To get the latest updates about the farmers’ market, visit our website atwww.salemfarmersmarket.org, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SalemMAFarmersMarket) or Twitter (@salemfarmersmarket).

About Salem Main Streets
Salem Main Streets’ mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and the promotion of the downtown district.  SMS produces and supports numerous community events and initiatives throughout the year, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and the October Information Booth.  SMS operates thanks to the generosity and partnership of the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers.