PITTSFIELD -- The inaugural Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market kicks off Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will continue every Saturday through Oct. 26.

The farmers market is a way to help community members live healthier lives.

"It's very important that Pittsfield residents have access to fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and prepared foods, especially our youth," said Mayor Daniel Bianchi.

The new Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is billed as a lively community hub and gathering place.

More than 20 farmers, food producers and artisans have all ready signed up to be a part of the inaugural year of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market.

Farmer and food producer vendors already accepted into the market include Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Bug Hill Farm, Climbing Tree Farm, Dutch Desserts, Elmartin Farm, For the Love of Pie, Green Meads Farm, Hilltop Orchards, Holiday Brook Farm, How We Roll, Row by Row Farm, Wildstone Farm, Windy Ridge Farm, and Wyomanock Farm.

Artisans include Ali Herrmann, Elena Loves, JK Custom Furniture Design, The Petal Collection, and Wheel and Loom.

Inquiries from potential sponsors, performers, and civic organizations are welcomed. For more information and food producer and artisan vendor applications, visit farmersmarketpittsfield.org, call (413) 443-6501 or email