SHARON – The city of Sharon is getting ready to kick off another season with a new, improved farmers market.
The new farmers market will be in downtown Sharon in the parking lot of Laurel Technical Institute, 200 Sterling Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday starting July 9 and 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting July 13.
“Our goal is to create a community-focused event,” said Courtney Cilli, downtown events coordinator. “Our goal is to double the number of visitors to 1,000-plus.”
Cilli said a focus of the farmers market is to have live music and children’s activities. They will also have food trucks that will use fresh produce from the farmers in the form of The Big Green Thing and Two Sides and a Meat.
“This will be a healthy, community-focused event that will also include a fitness activity such as yoga to kick it off in the mornings,” Cilli said.
The city had a new logo produced for the farmers market and is nailing down the details for the live music and events happening during the markets.
Cilli said they have five sponsors, and the city welcomes more sponsors.
They are also looking for farmers. So far seven to 10 farmers have signed up.
“We want a local honey farmer, and a meat business,” Cilli said. “We’d like to incorporate those aspects into the farmer’s market as well.”
Farmers that grow fresh vegetables and fruit have already signed up, but more are always welcome.
“When I took over the position, my job was to create new events and support old events,” Cilli said. “We wanted to make this an event to draw as many people as possible and hopefully sell out the farmers every week.”
As more details come to light, Cilli will be updating the event on Facebook. For every Farmer’s Market, she will include details such as who will be playing live music so people can plan on attending.
“I really want to encourage people to come down and support the farmers,” Cilli said.
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