Farmers Market begins summer season Saturday

Photo submitted to Times Observer Customers look over some of the many offerings at the Warren Farmers’ Market. The market opens Saturday and will open every Saturday through the end of October.

Farmers Market kicks off this weekend.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through summer and fall in the Warren Midtown Lot.

The board of directors hopes people will come during the early part of the season. Those who do will find plenty of options, Board President Alan Scott said, but not as many as they will a few weeks later.

“We’ve got some perennials coming,” Scott said. “Some honey. Herbs. We have a lady with soft pretzels this year.”

“We’ll have homemade soaps,” Board Secretary Kate Spencer said.

The board hopes to see those people again as well as new faces.

“What you see in June is not what you see in July,” board member Dave Sherman said. “The least amount of produce is in June.”

“It will pick up after the Fourth of July,” board member Josie Gerardi said. “We’ll have a lot of produce vendors and meat vendors. When the season comes we’ll have a lot of cut flowers.”

New products appear as the season progresses.

“Seasonal fruits and vegetables,” Gerardi said. “Grapes and pumpkins.”

The market hit some hard times a few years ago as state regulations on produce sales tightened up and construction in the Midtown Lot made the market move. The construction is complete and the growers and the bakers here and statewide have adapted.

“The board is very proud of the resurrection of the market over the last three years,” Sherman said. “We get 400 to 500 people.”

“It’s buying and selling, and it’s social,” Gerardi said.