Lovers of fresh produce and local food, rejoice: the Wellesley Farmers Market is opening this month for its second season, and is celebrating tonight with a kick-off event featuring live music and special activities at 5 p.m., according to organizers.
The farmers market, located in the Whole Foods Market parking lot at 442 Washington St., runs every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 24.
This year, the market will also offer the tech-friendly crowd a new convenience: online ordering. To see - in advance - a sampling of what vendors will offer, and to order online for pick-up or schedule a home delivery for an extra $5 fee, locals can visit yourfarmstand.com, click "What's For Sale?" and select Wellesley from the drop-down menu at the top.
This year's market lineup features local vendors known from last year's season-long market, including Carlson Orchards, Dover Farm, and Golden Rule Honey.
This year, the market will also introduce many other local businesses, including:
- Renegade Garden
- Coutts Specialty Foods
- Nobscot Artisan Cheese
- On the Edge Knife Sharpening
- Swiss Bakers
- Guy's Healthy Home Cooking
- In Good Taste
- Sophia's Greek Pantry
The Wellesley Farmers Market aims to support local food growers and producers; celebrate seasonal, local, sustainably grown foods; serve the community; lead the local food movement; and join Wellesley's sustainability movement, organizers said.
The market is run as a project of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and is organized by local volunteers. The market is funded through grants from Wellesley Plaza, managed by Gravestar, Inc., and helped by the support of Whole Foods, organizers said.
To volunteer to help with the farmers market, email John Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates, recipes and event schedules, visit the farmers market's website.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at email@example.com