This Friday (August 17) the Groton Farmers Market hosts Brian Weeks, who will play his wonderful blend of oldies so plan on sitting on the grass or pull up a chair and enjoy! Fruits and vegetables are peaking this week, with the best corn and juiciest tomatoes of the season — standard ones like Big Boy, sweet yellow babies that you can pop in your mouth like candy, and a variety of heritage varieties in all shades. Early apples are in and they join the nectarines, plums, and peaches as well as the last of the blueberries.
Last week was National Farmers Market Week and some of the studies released were very interesting, for example: “Farmers market visitors have 10 times more conversation than those shopping at a grocery store. A 2012 article from University of Michigan suggests that farmers markets anchor attendees to the community by acting as a “third space” for informal gathering and interaction. Markets cultivate new interactions between community members themselves, as well as between entrepreneurs, in an environment focused on renewal and revival.” — http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/solid-investments-social-capital-8-10-2012 .
So everyone is invited to come meet their neighbors and friends, buy healthy and delicious food, bring donations for Groton Local’s food projects, listen to fun music and support the local economy all at once with a visit to the Groton Farmers Market from 3:00-7:00 p.m. today at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row.