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The Special Feeling of Shopping Local at the Walpole Farmers Market in Walpole, Massachusetts

Article and photos (unless otherwise noted) by Eric Hurwitz

Walpole Farmers Market Walpole, Massachusetts

Walpole Farmers Market, Walpole, Massachusetts.

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The Walpole Farmers Market possesses all the earmarks of a classic New England farmers market: locally-owned farms and businesses selling fresh fruits, vegetables and other goods, friendly small town ambiance, and an idyllic location. Also, as the ultimate expression of community involvement, they have a key partnership with the local public schools (more on that shortly).

Located by a meandering brook and quaint pedestrian bridge at Spring Brook Park with plenty of shade and green space in downtown Walpole, the Walpole Farmers Market takes place every Saturday during the warmer weather season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carol Johnson, head coordinator for the Walpole Farmers Market, is a lifelong Walpole resident who deeply cares about her town. That community spirit shows in Carol helping foster the number of local vendors five-fold from the Farmers Market's inception only a few years ago, as well as she and the volunteer staff bringing in a significantly higher number of Walpole neighbors and new customers to the Walpole Farmers Market.

List of vendors at the Walpole Farmers Market in Walpole, Mass.
Current list of vendors at the Walpole Farmers Market.

The offerings are quite impressive, at this writing, including an increasing number of local fruits and veggies, fresh juices and smoothies, breads, honey, maple syrup, homemade sweets, hanging plants, clothing, vintage jewelry and naturally-derived cosmetics.

Produce, plants from Walpole Farmers Market, Walpole, Massachusetts
Local tomatoes and asparagus.

As a prime example of an outstanding vendor, Fairmount Fruit Farm -- a long-time local landmark in Franklin -- offers some great fruits (especially berries) and veggies and, depending upon availability, eggs, jams and jellies.

Strawberries from Fairmount Farm at the Walpole Farmers Market in Walpole, Massachusetts
Strawberries from Fairmount Fruit Farm.

Four Acre Farm and Firefly Meadow (the vegetable division of Four Acre Farm), of Norfolk, also sells outstanding farm fresh foods. Pioneer Farm, one of the great south-of-boston "hidden gem" farms in Walpole, offers beautiful plants and herbs.

Greens from Firefly Meadows at the Walpole Farmers Market in Walpole, Massachusetts
Greens from Firefly Meadow at the Walpole Farmers Market.

The Walpole Public Schools have a wonderful gardens project harvested by schools, families and staff and sell some plants and fresh produce at the Walpole Farmers Market. Jim Holmes, a beloved Walpole Public Schools elementary school music teacher known as "Farmer Jim" at the Walpole Farmers Market, has played a huge role in the success of the program, He can often be seen at the Garden Project Booth.

I recently bought some arugula from the Walpole Schools table at the gazebo, and it was the best I ever tasted!

Walpole Schools Garden Project at Walpole Farmers Market, Walpole MA
Jim Holmes works the Garden Project Booth.

Walpole resident Tyler Forgeron is at the market every Saturday, collecting refundable bottles and cans and selling DVDs, and using that money to donate to charitable and nonprofit organizations. Tyler has autism. and started collecting cans and bottles a few years back to redeem as a means to donate the money to various local charities through his business, Tyler Can. His spirit is tremendous, genuine nature inspirational and drive to help others beyond reproach.

At the Walpole Farmers Market in Walpole, Mass.: Tyler Forgeron collects refundable bottles and cans and sells DVDs, and uses that money to donate to charitable and nonprofit organizations.
Tyler Forgeron surrounded by DVDs and bags of refundable bottles and cans.

The Walpole Farmers Market serves as a great way to support local farmers and other businesses while purchasing the freshest, tastiest fruits and veggies. Additionally downtown Walpole offers a park-like setting with a beautiful town common area, seven full-service restaurants and and 12 places to eat overall, and mom and pop shops that sell gifts, clothing, quilts, new and refinished furniture, hardware items, and teas all within two blocks. Stop by and see the Walpole Farmers Market and experience the friendly, welcoming downtown Walpole district!

Walpole Farmers Market, Walpole, Massachusetts

The Walpole Farmers Market is located in the Spring Brook Park on East Street (Route 27) near the intersection of Route 1A behind the Walpole Town Hall -- park at the Town Hall and walk over the "bridge to nowhere"...

Bridge to Nowhere at Springbrook Park in Walpole, Mass.

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