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DEDHAM —Beyond the tables of strawberries and lettuce and garlic, the wares of the modern farmers’ market beckon: vegan dip, apple ice wine, lobsters, spice rub, pickles.
Todd Zylstra is lured by a pitch for fruit and vegetable puree. The Dedham resident tries a sample, asks some questions and moves on.
As farmers markets sprout up across Massachusetts — increasing from 138 in 2007 to 248 so far this summer — cities and towns are looking for ways to make theirs stand out from the competition. Ashland is bringing in food trucks. Norwood and Wellesley offer yoga. In Dedham, vendors began selling pickles and vegan dip and seafood. Salem’s market sells organic pet treats and wine. And in Newburyport, vendors offer whoopie pies and guacamole.