It never rains on Fridays in Petersham.
Meet Some of the People Who Make this Market and Our Music Possible
Community Foundation of North Central Mass.
The Country Store
AND OUR VENDORS
Handmade Soap by Patsy
Kiwi Meadows Farm
Pick & Shovel Farm
Rick Wilkey Produce
Roger Varnot Produce/Honey
Sam Sherer Wood Bowls
Grange PRODUCE DONORS
|The Petersham Friday Market
with vendors offering fresh local produce, local eggs, garden
plants and flowers, baked goods, hand-crafted soaps and more
closed for the season on Oct. 21.
During the summer, we enjoyed music ranging from acoustic folk to Zydeco.
Reprobates at the Petersham Friday Market Oct. 21
Petersham held its final farmers' market of the season from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 21. Over summer, the market has attracted up to 12 vendors each week offering fresh local produce, valley-grown produce of all types, preserves and
craft items and presented 20 weeks of free live music.
The Reprobate Blues Band, which opened our season in June came back at 3 p.m. with their signature brand of blues from the bandstand.
The Friday Market opened its sixth season on the common in June with vendors offering produce, local meat, chickens, fresh local eggs, handmade soaps and other craft items. The market is open to both regular and occasional vendors and to information booths staffed by social service agencies who want to share information about their programs and services.
Athol Hospital offered blood pressure screening and information about Lyme disease. The American Diabetes Society presented information about their organization. Others presented a quilt raffle to benefit the Athol Salvation Army and one raised money to benefit the Stone Church renovation project in Gilbertville.
Friday Market music is made possible with support from Heywood Healthcare, from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, the Country Store, Berube Real Estate, Petersham Properties and from individual local donors. The schedule features a wide range of musical styles with performances ranging from Barrett Anderson, the Reprobate Blues Band, Finian Stew, The Hip Swayers, The Equalites, The Green Sisters (folk), LTC (bluegrass), Jubilee Gardens, Chuck and Mud, Josh LeVangie and the Pistoleros, The Waters Edge and more.
Market vendors vary. They included Sweetwater Farm (organic produce), Golden Egg Farm (fresh local eggs and chickens) Patsy Buck Soaps, The Little Chicken Factory (mobile coops), Bob Hayward's Local Garlic, Pick and Shovel Farm (plants, flowers, mushrooms, and started mushroom logs), Kiwi Meadows Farm (produce), Walnut Kitchen Home stead (produce, meat and other items), Rick Wilkey Produce. Sunset Valley Farm produce, preserves and syrups from
New Salem Orchards, plants and herbs from Hartman's Herb Farm and more. The Friday Market does not charge
vendor fees and welcomes organizations and agencies to participate.
The Friday Market is on the Petersham town common from 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 21. For information or to join the market, contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a video of Bella's Bartok performing on our bandstand on August 7, 2015.
Suzanne Cabot and Pamela Hines Jazz Duo took the stage at the Petersham Friday Market on Oct. 14.
Definite Maybes at the Petersham Friday Market Sept. 30