There will not be a farmers market at Heritage Apartments for the first time in nine years.
A combination of construction at the Pleasant Street development and the city's inability to find an alternative site for the summer has forced event organizers to shutter the market—which ran from the second week in July until October—until 2012.
Boston Hill Farm in Andover supplied the market with goods, including peppers, beans, tomatoes and other vegetables,honey, baked pies and specific produce for the variety of nationalities in the area. The farm needed to know a couple months in advance in order to plant.
“I feel bad; too bad City Hall didn’t think about (an alternative) sooner,” said Adele Teves, Resident Services coordinator at Heritage. “I contacted my councilor but by the time he got in contact with City Hall it was too late."
Even though it is a privately run endeavor, Teves had hoped the city could find a solution.
Ward Four Councilor Jim Nestor said despite not being related to the city he sought out alternatives. He said he contacted officials at Sacred Heart Church, Immaculate Conception Parish and Oak Grove Improvement Center, but due to space limitations or just missing each other, the hope of moving the farmers market temporarily didn’t pan out.
“We would love to be able to have one,” said Nestor, who said he will check to see if it can be set up next to City Hall. “I’m very confident, if needed to, the residents and businesses will find somewhere (to host the market).
“It’s a huge value to the community. I would love to see it pop up somewhere else.”
Teves said there are three nearby markets that residents can attend:
- Melrose: First Methodist Church, 645 Main St., Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m.
- Medford: Whole Foods, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway, Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m.
- Everett: Parlin Memorial Library, 410 Broadway, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teves said WIC coupons will still be given out at the senior center for those considering visiting another location. She also pointed out that she will look into the possibility of a shuttle to bring those who cannot get to a farmers market on their own.
“A lot of people have been calling,” said Teves. “Everyone is so disappointed.”