The Athol Farmers' Market is held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on the Uptown Common from May through October.
The market features a variety of seasonal farm produce, herbs and seedlings, eggs, cheese, meats, baked goods, locally roasted coffee, maple syrup, honey, jams, jellies & preserves, locally grown and milled flour and cornmeal, and a selection of locally handcrafted artisan items. The market is currently accepting new vendors, and as the growing season progresses, shoppers can expect the number of farmers and the selection of offerings to grow.
Some market days feature live entertainment on the gazebo, others include kids' activities and surprise visitors.
"Our mission is simple," says Carol Fairbank, who manages the Athol Farmers' Market, "to increase community access to the freshest locally grown foods, while providing a route to market and source of income for local farmers and producers. Supporting our local farmers preserves open space, and gives the area an economic boost in the process."
The Athol Farmers' Market accepts SNAP (EBT) benefits, along with WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons. Beginning in June, the market will also accept credit and debit cards.