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One Plymouth Farmers Market

"The Original" thrives at Plimoth Plantation.

The Plymouth Farmers’ Market meant one thing for years - the market every Thursday at Stephens Field. It was on town-owned property based on a handshake deal with Barbara Anglin and her husband, former town planner, Dean Rizzo. Then the town was forced to put it out to bid. A new group took the Stephens Field space.

Calling itself “The Original,” the Anglin market has a new home in a field owned by Plimoth Plantation just off Sandwich Street. The group had an arrangement with the museum for its off-season market in the Plantation’s Nye Barn for several years.

So, how’s the new market place going?

“It’s kickin’. Kickin’,” Dave Purpura of Middleboro’s Plato Organic Harvest said. “I don’t know if it’s the location or all the controversy that got people promoting it, but every week has been better than the week before.”

The market runs from 2:30pm to 6pm, every Thursday. But by 5, Purpura had little produce to sell.

“Farmers need a real reason to come off the farm in the middle of the season,” Anglin said. Dave does a market in Cambridge and it’s always been competition between Plymouth and Cambridge. This year, he’s doing better here.”

The business has increased with the number of offerings. Martha Stone, now of Plymouth Eats, sells pesto and humus, lobster salad sandwiches and humus/marinated micro green puffs. Vendors sell fresh, organic vegetables, local honey, fresh bread and other delights.

brandon July 06, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I was at both yesterday--and they were both half dead. It's really sad. They both had music. (The Plantation had a band, Stephen Fields had a keyboard player). They both had about the same things. They both had a split audience. It's very sad that they couldn't get along because despite this kinda strange bit of puffery in this article here, neither Farmer's Market is what we used to have or what we deserve. It's a very deflated atosphere. Some "regulars" are at each market, and attendance is definitely down despite this propaganda-type article that borders an advertisement and not true journalism. I've been waiting for a news article discussing how both farmer's markets run simulatenously are a downer--obviously Patch isn't the place for a "news" article on the topic...
Charles Mathewson July 07, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Brandon Please, no "puffery," just what I've observed. The Plantation market sells out fast. I agree with your desire for a unified farmers market, but Massachusetts procurement laws intervened and created competiion. I remember shooting a photo of the original farmers market at Stephens Field, with rain pouring over the half-dozen tents there. They persevered. We farmers market patrons will have to also.
Michael R. Landers July 07, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I shopped at the Anglin market on Thursday. It was the first time I was not working during their market hours. I knew many of the vendors and found both the layout and the quality to be excellent. There were waiting lines of shoppers at a number of the popular tents. At the time that I was there (mid-afternoon) there was only overflow parking available. I hope that they will eventually expand to a second day.

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