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Kent Farmers Market opens for season May 17


KENT – The Kent Farmers Market will open for the season May 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Kent Land Trust field at 37 South Main St.

The Kent Farmers Market will open May 17 for the season. Kent Land Trust Executive Director Connie Manes and Program Manager Melissa Cherniske were regulars at the 2023 market. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington

The market is offered through the collaboration of the Kent Chamber of Commerce and the Kent Land Trust and was ranked third in the state during a survey last year.

Farmers Market manager Nancy Rohr is excited that there will be several new vendors this year.

Chamber president Phil Fox said Wednesday the chamber has supported or sponsored the Kent Farmers Market for many years to help bring people to Kent and to provide locals with fresh produce, meats, vegetables, assorted food products, and local crafts.

“In the past few years, it has also helped support nonprofit members by providing a place where they can tell people about their projects/organization,” he said. “We have received tremendous feedback from visitors and vendors alike that it’s a great place for people to get all they need to enjoy the weekend in our wonderful community.”

“In keeping with the chamber’s commUNITY mission, the chamber partners with the amazing Kent Land Trust in providing a welcoming space for all to enjoy the market,” he said.

Shoppers at the market this season will notice there is a wide variety of vendors including:

The Village Farm: fresh produce, veggies and plants,

Ridgway Farm: fresh produce, maple syrup and meats,

To The Gills: fishmonger that brings a selection of fresh and seasonal fish and shellfish each week,

Falconwood Farms: professional local bee farm with honey for sale,

Rachel’s Salsa: fresh homemade salsa and chips,

Kent Land Trust: offering literature and information on the mission of protecting Kent’s nature and beauty,

Hoadley Hills Farm: local, pasture-raised poultry,

Mountain View Farm:  fresh produce, maple syrup, jams,

Mother Tree Remedies: gentle herbal remedies and teas, as well as an all natural sunscreen,

Rosie’s Kitchen: decorative cupcakes, brownies and cookies,

Nancy Rohr Designs: one-of-a-kind flower planters that bloom all season,

Pebbles Bakery: madeleines, scones, muffins and tarts using local products hand made, small batch, organics or seasonal,

Lynette’s Precocious Preserves: homemade preserves and jams, dog cookies,

New Curds on the Block: a monger-led cheese shop, sourcing handmade cheeses

Cozy Cabin Creations: unique embroidered gifts,

Carriage Barn Blooms: rustic and elegant floral designs,

Murphy’s Mushrooms,

Stella’s Dog Treats: dog treats,

Tarts & Bread,

Oracle Mushrooms: high quality gourmet mushrooms,

Tony and Treats: dog treats.

The Kent Farmers Market is located on the Kent Land Trust fields on South Main Street (Route 7) across from Kent Greenhouse & Gardens. The market is held every Friday from mid-May to mid-October from 3 to 6 p.m.

This year’s sponsors include: Falconwood Farms, Club Getaway, Dow Integrative Institute, National Iron Bank, Kent Art Association, The Kent Collection, Kent GTD/Kent News, Inc., Kent Station Pharmacy, Marandola Fuel Services, Merryall Center for the Arts, Tarot in Time and Chestnut Woodworking & Antique Flooring Co., SMLA Design Collaborative, and Phil Fox of William Pitt/Sotheby’s International Realty. Kent Greenhouse & Gardens donated and planted several new trees this year.

Lynn Worthington
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