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State Street Farmer’s Market now open for season

From staff reports • May 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

BRISTOL — The State Street Farmer’s Market opens today in historic Downtown Bristol. The market is located at 810 State St. and will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Opening day will feature plant seedlings; greens; spring onions and other spring vegetables; and artisan gifts.

The market staff offers some advice for visitors:

— Dress for the weather. Vendors will be at the market rain or shine, so be prepared for what Mother Nature will offer. A little sunscreen may be useful, especially for little shoppers in strollers.

— Have a cooler in your vehicle or an insulated shopping bag. Vendors will provide bags for your purchases, but temperature-sensitive items are best kept cool until you get home. Parking is available all around the market, so purchased items can be quickly transferred to a vehicle cooler. Insulated shopping bags are another great way to protect your purchases.

— Bring your questions! One of the neatest parts of the farmer’s market is the opportunity to meet and develop a relationship with the actual farmers. Ask how they grow, produce or prepare the products they have for sale. Feel free to place orders for future needs. Plan ahead to purchase seasonal fruits, vegetables or that special artisan gift for an upcoming occasion.

— Bring cash. Small bills and coins are appreciated, and some vendors do take credit cards. Remember, SNAP is accepted by most food vendors. SNAP dollars may be doubled at the market, up to $20. Shoppers may check in at the concession stand for more details.

By shopping at the market, you are supporting the local economy. All vendors offer items that are locally produced, and they take pride in what they are offering.

For more information, contact Mike Musick, recreation superintendent, at (423) 764-7046 or email [email protected]

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