It may not feel like it outside, but Tuesday, June 21, is the first day of summer. And although there’s no promise of sunshine and warmer temperatures, the day will bring an unmistakable sign of the season: the annual farmer’s market, which will return to the UMass Medical School Worcester campus for its sixth year. A summertime favorite hosted by UMMS and UMass Memorial, the market will feature many returning vendors with their unique offerings of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, granola, maple syrup, honey, flowers, and hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and eggs.
The offerings at the market change from week to week as the growing season progresses. The early season brings lettuces, chard, beets, broccoli and possibly some early tomatoes. As the summer heats up, expect to see lots of herbs, corn, summer squash, peaches and a variety of tomatoes. Later come apples, pumpkins and winter squash. Be sure to stop by every Tuesday through October to support your local farmers and treat yourself to fresh, healthy food.
“Bark!” About Town (all natural, homemade pet food and supplies)
Everyday Homemade (pies, cookies, squares, crisps and other baked goods)
Farmacy Gardens (semi-organic fruits, vegetables and flowers)
Great Harvest Bread (aka “the Bread Lady”)
Nicewicz Farm (orchard fruit and other vegetables)
Parker Sugar House (local maple products)
Shady Pine Farm (hormone and antibiotic-free meat and eggs)