Berlin's Farmers' Market thrives in new location
You'll find these and more at this year's Local Works Berlin Farmers' Market, open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on Pleasant Street.
The location is new this year, with the city closing the street that runs parallel Main Street to the west. Main Street serves the traffic going north on Route 16, while Pleasant Street is the throughway for those going south on Route 16.
On a recent bright and sunny day, a young boy with cool shades on looked over the table of single-servings of baked goods offered by Sweet Mamas Bakery, while Rebecca Orekses of Whiskey Jack Farm in Milan waiting on a customer looking over the DiGrandia eggplants for sale.
At last week's market, on July 26, the skies were a little darker, but that cloudiness only helped the fruit on the vine. The blueberries were ready, and the recent rains plumped out the cucumbers offered by the vendors. Haynes Homestead came down from Colebrook with fresh broccoli and baby spinach, and the market was on the list of local stops for the visitors from the St. Anne Feast Day pilgrimage.
Each week there's live music at the market and some tasty samples, along with vendors offering ready-cooked fare for noshing right then and there.
Previously, the farmers' market was on a side street connecting Pleasant and Main. The new location adds a festive touch to a weekly event that already brought its excitement to the city.
Downtown Berlin hosts several well-attended events throughout the year, from Drive in the 50s in June to the Parade of Lights on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
There is ample parking for the market, with municipal parking accessed from Cole Street accommodating those who do not live close enough to walk to the market.
WREN, Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network, operates the Thursday outdoor market in Berlin, and the Bethlehem Local Works Farmers market, which is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The Berlin Farmers' Market started up in 2010.
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