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With Market Basket shelves bare, fresh produce from the Salem Farmers Market could be more popular than ever this weekend. (ADAM SWIFT/Union Leader Correspondent)

Salem Farmers Market organizers planning for big turnout

SALEM — The Salem Farmers Market is regularly one of the busiest and best attended in the state, but this Sunday’s market looks like it could be the busiest it has ever been.

A combination of planned and unplanned events should make the market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Lake Street Garden Center, a popular destination.

On the unplanned side, the continued battle between labor and management at Market Basket has led many shoppers to rely on local farmers markets for fresh produce.

Last week’s Salem market — held when many local Market Baskets were running low on produce — was one of the busiest organizers have seen, according to market director Jane Lang.

This coming week, organizers have stated that they do not expect the situation at Market Basket to be resolved and are asking for extra volunteers to help with traffic control.

On the planned side of events, Aug. 3 is the beginning of both National Farmers Market Week and New Hampshire Eat Local Month.

“With Farmers Market Week coming up, we are going to hold our first annual farm to fork community cookout on Sunday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Lang.

Also, adding to the anticipated activity on Sunday is a recent grant the market received from the New Hampshire Farmers Market Association.

Beginning on Aug. 3 and taking place throughout the month, the Salem market is offering matching funds up to $10 for Snap/EBT purchases.

For example, if someone purchases $5 in EBT tokens, the market will provide an additional $5. If someone purchases $20 in EBT tokens, the market will provide an additional $10 worth of funds that can be used at the farmers market for approved EBT purchases.

The matching funds are limited, with the program continuing while the funds are available and may only be used on the issue date at participating EBT vendors.

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