Salem, MA, October 12, 2016 – Tomorrow, Thursday, October 13, will mark the final Salem Farmers’ Market of the 2016 season, from 3 pm to 7 pm on Derby Square on Front Street. Salem Holiday Happenings.
“We are so proud of the success of this year’s season, and I hope you will all join us tomorrow to say thank you to your favorite vendors!” Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan said, adding that the market estimates an average of over 2,000 market-goers weekly. “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.”
With over 30 vendors throughout the season, the market is held at Derby Square every Thursday from June 9th through October 13th, 2016. In addition to the weekly vendors carrying farm-fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, meat, and a variety of other goods, this week’s final market will also feature the annual “Thriller” flash mob by Salem State University students.
But don’t worry, it’s not goodbye forever – Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market! A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place on Saturday, November 19thand Saturday, December 17th, both from 1 pm to 5 pm in the Museum Place Mall. Save the dates and follow us online for more information about vendors and products, to be released in November.
The Salem Farmers’ Market and Salem Winter Market are both 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 at www.salemfarmersmarket.org, or follow us on Facebook (SALEM FARMERS MARKET) or Twitter (@salemfarmersmarket).
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.
The Salem Farmers’ Market is a tradition that dates back to 1634. With it’s peak around 1930, where more than 40 vendors sold goods in “collapsible wooden stalls ”, an estimated 10,000 people visited the market on a single Saturday. In the early 1970’s, the market ended, and the Salem Redevelopment Authority redesigned the square into what we now know as Derby Square.
In 2009, Salem Main Streets worked with a handful of dedicated volunteers and the City of Salem to renew the tradition of the Salem Farmers’ Market in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.
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