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Malden chamber seeks crafters, foodies for farmers market

Posted by Kathy McCabe  May 23, 2012 10:00 AM

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Got maple syrup? Make jewelry?

The Malden Chamber of Commerce wants you.

The chamber is looking for crafters and specialty food vendors to participate in this year's farmers market opening on June 19 at City Hall Plaza.

There is enough space for 20 to 25 vendors to set up shop in an area between City Hall and the police station.

"It's a good, visible location," said Ted Coates, the chamber's executive director. "We're hoping to draw a mix of crafters and specialty food vendors."

Maple syrup, jams, and jellies are among the homegrown foods the chamber would like to offer. Crafters, such as potters and jewelry makers, also are needed.

Three farms -- Busa Farms of Lexington, Simone's Riverside Farm of Methuen, and Silverbrook Farm of Dartmouth -- will sell their produce. Malden nonprofits will be offered table space to promote their organizations.

The market will be open on Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., from June 19 to Sept. 18. It will be closed on July 3, the chamber said.

The market replaces one that closed last June in the parking lot of the Heritage apartments downtown. The chamber and volunteers briefly revived the market in August. The chamber has planned this year's market with help from the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets, a nonprofit coalition of markets statewide.

"We have a model that we feel is going to catch on," Coates said. "It will be a wonderful thing for the downtown."

Vendors interested in participating should contact the chamber at 781-322-4500 or go to www.maldenchamber.org.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at kmccabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.

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