Farm­ers Mar­ket mov­ing to Race Street

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CAM­BRIDGE — The Cam­bridge Farmer’s Mar­ket will see a few changes this sea­son, most notably a change in lo­ca­tion from Long Wharf to the 500 block of Race Street, be­gin­ning on open­ing day Thurs­day, May 4.

The mar­ket will be lo­cated on a pri­vate lot at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ceme­tery Av­enue and Race Street. The lot has ex­cel­lent ac­cess to power, am­ple pub­lic park­ing, and other food and con­ve­nience re­lated busi­nesses cur­rently uti­lized by the com­mu­nity.

Cam­bridge Main Street has been re­spon­si­ble for or­ga­niz­ing the mar­ket for the last sev­eral years.

CAM­BRIDGE — The Cam­bridge Farmer’s Mar­ket will see a few changes this sea­son, most notably a change in lo­ca­tion from Long Wharf to the 500 block of Race Street, be­gin­ning on open­ing day Thurs­day, May 4.

The mar­ket will be lo­cated on a pri­vate lot at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ceme­tery Av­enue and Race Street. The lot has ex­cel­lent ac­cess to power, am­ple pub­lic park­ing, and other food and con­ve­nience re­lated busi­nesses cur­rently uti­lized by the com­mu­nity.

Cam­bridge Main Street has been re­spon­si­ble for or­ga­niz­ing the mar­ket for the last sev­eral years.

“It also makes it rather con­ve­nient to fre­quent other down­town shops, gro­cers, and restau­rants while in the gen­eral area” said Cam­bridge Main Street, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Katie Clen­daniel.

The move is a re­flec­tion of an ini­tia­tive to revive in­ter­est, drive more traf­fic to the mar­ket, and also cre­ate stronger re­la­tion­ships with the down­town core. The mar­ket was orig­i­nally or­ga­nized in the park­ing area off of Academy and Muir Streets and was moved to Long Wharf in 2012.

Clen­daniel cites the re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts on the 500 block for the in­spi­ra­tion to make the move this year.

“The tim­ing seemed right to make this all come to­gether this year,” she said. “Be­tween the vis­i­ble progress be­ing made on the sta­bi­liza­tion of the Hearn Build­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties on this block, the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue to mo­ti­vate pos­i­tive change for the area while also serv­ing the com­mu­nity through the mar­ket was ir­re­sistible.”

For those un­able to at­tend the farm mar­ket on any par­tic­u­lar day, a part­ner­ship with “Beat the Rush De­liv­ery” will help get fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles to buy­ers by of­fer­ing per­sonal shop­ping and de­liv­ery to your home or work­place in the nearby area for a small fee. For more in­for­ma­tion about per­son­al­ized de­liv­ery from the farmer’s mar­ket call 443351-7870.

The mar­ket will also ex­pe­ri­ence a new in­fu­sion of pro­mo­tional ef­forts, en­ter­tain­ment, in­for­ma­tive work­shops, and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Farmer’s Mar­ket Open­ing day is sched­uled for Thurs­day, May 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. Open­ing day events will in­clude live en­ter­tain­ment from Bobby Reed, a rib­bon cut­ting at 4 p.m. with the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce, and more fam­ily fun ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing or­ga­nized.

The mar­ket will be sched­uled each week at the same time and place through Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26.

For reg­u­lar up­dates, fol­low the Cam­bridge Farmer’s Mar­ket Face­book page. Visit www.cam­bridge­main­street.com or email cam­bridgemk­t­mgr@aol.com for de­tails.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Steve Knopp, owner of Knopp’s Farm in Fed­er­als­burg, comes to the Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket ev­ery week to sell his fresh, lo­cally grown pro­duce.

BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE/VWINGATE@CHES­PUB.COM

Find fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, hand­made goods, and more at the Cam­bridge Farmer’s Mar­ket, mov­ing to the 500 block of Race Street in 2017.

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