Before the miracle of mechanical refrigeration, there was Rosemary Lake in Needham. A new gallery of pictures put up by the Needham Farmers Market shows early Needhamites harvesting the ice with horses and saws in the 1890s, back when Needham was still a farming community.
The gallery is part of an effort by the farmers market to connect modern residents to the town’s farming past, and in the rollup to the June 10 opening of the market season, farmers market webmaster Tom Gehman will be posting more galleries.
Each month, he said, he’ll put up new glass plate negatives. In the works are series on bridges, schools, and old buildings and shops.
The Needham Farmers Market is an all-volunteer nonprofit. Markets are weekly from June 10 through October 28 at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 23 Dedham Ave in Needham.
The market is seeking donations to fund startup costs for permitting, insurance, equipment, marketing, advertising and filing fees. Donations of $20 or more get a bumper sticker.