A variety of vendor tents can be seen each Thursday from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. as the Medfield Farmers Market continues into the heat of summer on the grounds of the historic First Parish Meeting House, adjacent to Meeting House Pond on North St. On many Thursdays, the festive atmosphere is enhanced by musicians. Customer parking is available in the rear of the church building and along North St.
Area farmers from Wrentham, Holliston, and Sherborn pack their stalls with vegetables, honey, eggs, fresh cut flowers and floral arrangements, and cuts of lamb meat and wool products from a sheep farm. Shoppers are encouraged to look for more greens, colorful carrots, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and corn as the summer crops are harvested and brought to the market fresh each week.
An unsung hero of the weekly market, supported in part by the church, is the ever-popular Bake Sale table, supplied and staffed by church members. Proceeds from all sales are donated to the church for the upkeep of the historic building. The table features varied baked goods every week, depending on donations from the cooks. Standards include fresh baked Irish soda bread, lemon tarts and a new popular favorite, the s’mores taco (a small flour tortilla, brushed with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked with Hershey’s chocolate and toasted marshmallows.) There are usually Ghirardelli chocolate brownies, cookies, and cornbread with roasted corn.
A variety of small tables and chairs, supplied by the market committee, may be used for resting while enjoying live music or sampling some of those sweet treats on site. The market committee also has puzzles set up for the younger set who may be bored with shopping.
Other food vendors, artists, and craftspeople leading off the late weeks of summer this month include, but are not limited to, vendors of ice cream and homemade no-grain breakfast items with fruit and nuts, a dance studio from Norwood, manufacturers of handcrafted pottery, and a home improvement company.
Not all vendors appear weekly, but the anchors are the farmers and the bake sale. Visiting often helps farmers and customers who want to know what’s new, and it helps maintain one of Medfield’s historic gems.