Cambridge Farmers Market opens new location
— The Cambridge Farmers Market held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 4, to celebrate their new location at 540 Race St., just next door to Simmons Center Market.
The farmers market is organized by Cambridge Main Street, and was
previously hosted by Long Wharf Park each Thursday. The ribbon cutting was organized by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.
Use of the space and electricity at 540 Race St. was donated by Center Market owner Ricky Travers. He believes that moving the farmers market downtown will increase the amount of impulse stops from passersby, and brings new energy to the 500 block of Race Street.
While some were skeptical of the idea at first, Travers said, the heart of downtown sees much more general traffic than Long Wharf, and people passing through will be likely to stop when they see the hustle and bustle of the market, even if they hadn’t planned to shop.
“It also makes it rather convenient to frequent other downtown shops, grocers, and restaurants while in the general area” Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Katie Clendaniel said.
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.”
Clendaniel thanked Travers, the Cambridge Main Street board of directors and the City of Cambridge for each of their roles in making the move possible.
“We want to see the revitalization of the 500 block, and this is a way to bring people here to be part of that revitalization movement,” Clendaniel said. “This is a way to bring food and products to people who need it, and give it better access to the entire community.”
Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley praised the move, and emphasized the importance of shopping local.
The Cambridge Farmers Market is open each Thursday from 3 until 6 p.m. with a multitude of products available, including fresh fruit and vegetables, locally made wine, handmade arts and crafts, and more.
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 deliver y 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 443-351-7870.
The market will also experience a new infusion of promotional efforts, entertainment, informative workshops, and community engagement activities.
For regular updates, follow the Cambridge Farmer’s Market Facebook page. Visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com or email email@example.com for details.
The organizers of the Cambridge Farmer’s Market were excited to cut the ribbon and officially open for the 2017 season in their new location at 540 Race Street, next door to Simmons Center Market.
The Cambridge Farmer’s Market is already right at home on the 500 block of Race Street, in the heart of the downtown district.