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Roslindale’s farmers’ market continues to grow

Posted by Your Town  May 16, 2012 03:26 PM

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In the past decade or so, the Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market has grown from little more than a flea market in a parking lot to a vibrant, hugely popular event in Adams Park, with vendors galore, live music and activities for kids.

The 2012 season kicks off on June 2 and runs through October 27, rain or shine, every Saturday.

This year, 26 new vendors have signed on to showcase their goods at the market, which means shoppers will, over the course of the season, be able to visit more than 55 different vendors. Of course, not every vendor has a weekly presence. In general, there are about 25 to 30 on hand any given Saturday, according to Roslindale Village Main Street executive director Stephanie Cave.

“We’re excited to introduce new vendors to Roslindale,” Cave said. “And welcome back returning friends. The market is a wonderful community event.”

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will officially open the market on June 2 at 9:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting, which has become something of a tradition for him. Cave said she expects about 3,000 visitors on opening day. Last year, more than 55,000 people attended the market over the entire season.

Like last year, the nonprofit has leased the Roslindale Village commuter rail lower parking lot in order to offer free parking to help ease congestion.

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