The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market will kick off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the First Street parking lot between Fenn and Eagle streets.
Shoppers will find pasture-raised meats, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, baked goods, cut flowers, plants, and artisan wares.
Opening day will feature live music by singer/songwriter Billy Keane at 11 a.m. and a chef demo with Dottie’s Coffee Lounge at 11:30 a.m.
This year, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church, the market will have a weekly Farm-to-Table Food Drive. Shoppers can purchase fresh foods from the market, which will in turn be donated to local shelters.
The market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 25. Local food and artisan vendor applications continue to be accepted, and can be found online at http://farmersmarketpittsfield.org/dpfm/apply-now.
The market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits allowing shoppers in the program to use EBT cards to purchase fresh-picked produce, homemade breads, cheeses, eggs, meats and herbs. Many of the market’s vendors also accept benefits from the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Farmers Market Nutrition Program.