By Sara Feijo
Posted Jun 10, 2013
DEDHAM — The Dedham Farmers Market will reopen soon with a larger selection of vendors.
The market, founded in 2008, started out with eight vendors. Last year, 13 merchants participated, and this year, 18 will sell their produce and goods outside the First Church and Parish in Dedham at 670 High St.
“When we first launched the market, we thought, ‘if we build it, will (vendors) come?’” Dedham Square Circle executive director Amy Haelsen said. “And the answer is absolutely.”
New vendors include Regina’s Bakery, Moe’s Private Reserve Multi Purpose Seasoning & Rub providing barbeque and grilling spices, Pie on the Fly offering pie cone deserts, Indoor Organic Farm of Attleboro, and Doors PK’s vegan dips and sauces.
Baker Nourreddine Hessasta said Regina’s Bakery will sell cookies, croissants, calzones and bread at the market.
Hessasta said he and his wife, the bakery’s owner, decided to participate to support the community and promote the Dedham Square business, which will be celebrating its first anniversary in August.
“You have to participate – it’s Dedham,” he said Monday. “We live in Dedham; we got a business in Dedham.”
When the farmers market moved last year from the municipal parking lot on Eastern Avenue to the First Church and Parish location, due to construction in Dedham Square, Haelsen said organizers thought the change would be temporary. However, the new site turned out to be better, she said.
“The new location provides shade and grass and trees,” Haelsen said. “You’ll see people having picnics.”
According to Haelsen, the municipal parking lot was ideal in the beginning. It was visible from Route 1, which helped promote the market, but it lacked shading.
“It was a great location to start out, because there was great visibility from Route 1,” she said. “It really built a solid base for the market, but it would get really hot.”
Now in its sixth season, the farmers market has become a community hangout place, where people can purchase locally grown produce, Haelsen said.
“The farmers market has provided a venue for the people to come together,” she said. “It’s much bigger.”
The farmers market, which is managed and operated by the Dedham Square Circle, will open June 19, and it will run on Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. until Oct. 30.
Dedham Square Circle is seeking volunteers to help set up and disassemble the market weekly. To volunteer, call Haelsen at 617-968-3040, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.