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Rain Fails to Ruin Farmers Market's Opening

The Attleboro Farmers Market takes place on a rainy Saturday morning.

Pouring rain does not top the list of ideal weather conditions for an outdoor farmers market. But that is what  vendors, organizers and customers faced Saturday morning on the opening day of the new community tradition's second season.

Despite the rain, which at some points was slamming to the ground with intense force, lots of people came out to enjoy the various foods, plants, crafts and other features provided by the vendors. 

"We really had good sales today; I had to send my daughter out to get more eggs," said Sue Olson of A Summer Place Farm in Rehoboth.

Eddie Porreca, the market's vendor coordinator, said it was fun to get started after a long off-season of planning.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the turnout, with people braving the weather to enjoy the market," Porreca said. "It will be an absolute packed house the rest of the season, on days when the sun is shining."

The market will continue every Saturday through Oct. 27 (except Sept. 29) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the municipal parking lot on 74 North Main St, next to the .

Karen Swass June 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Having the Farmers' Market downtown is an asset to our community. Welcome back.
Heather Porreca June 03, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The Vendors were HAPPY! The Customers were HAPPY! The volunteers were HAPPY! HEBRON Food Pantry was HAPPY! The customers of AFM donated over 30 non~perishable food items and our vendors donated a cart full of fresh produce and baked goods!! AFM is supporting Attleboro based food pantrys all season long! Come on down, make a donation (food or cash) and you be entered into a drawing for a KINDLE!! I am very greatful to everyone who came out yesterday in the pouring rain and showed your support! We are going to have a fantastic season! See you next week!
Steven Scott June 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
And no reports of any public safety issues !! A good day for all.
Buck Farack June 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
That is amazing! Because when I went by, nobody was there. But I guess that they hit their 1,500 people a day mark based on Mr. Porica's comment: "I couldn't be more pleased with the turnout." I loved all of the fresh produce that the farmers grew. Some of my favorites were: jewelry, pottery, wood sculptures and books. I consider myself a gardener but I have no clue how to farm and grow pottery! Isn't there a part of the law defining a farmers market as having to have no more that 10% non farm produce? With 30 venders and at least 4 non farm grown venders, I don't see how this meets the legal requirement of a farmers market. But if the Poricas are pleased with the 1,500+ person turnout (snicker), at their farmers market (snicker), then good for them. Romney 2012!
Jamie K. June 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Goodness Buck, what's got you so angry about a farmers market? You're not doing Romney any favors by hurling strangely vindictive comments.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) June 03, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Oddly, this appears to be a different Buck Farack than the usual one. Have we already run out of fake names to use?
Greg P June 03, 2012 at 08:00 PM
"The customers of AFM donated over 30 non~perishable food items." - AMAZING! That must be almost $15 worth of food! For all 1,500 patrons, that averages $0.01 in contributions a person. I will let the public judge how successful the "food drive" was. "Our vendors donated a cart full of fresh produce and baked goods." - I assume you mean the leftovers that they couldn't sell to the thousands in attendance. Again, such a generous and amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to you for all you do to help the hungry. You are a beacon of light and a role model for us all!
Buck Farack June 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Soon to be President Romney is proud to speak his mind and so am I. Sometimes I ruffle feathers. Sometimes Romney ruffles feathers. It needs to be done! A President must stand firm on his beliefs. I am following by example. Romney 2012
Jonathan Friedman June 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
There sure do seem to be a lot of fake names going around lately. Either the Patch is fine with all fake names or they're not. Doesn't matter to me. But it is the editor's prerogative to either ban all psudonyms or ban none. But as you can see I, myself Jonathan Friedman, think that we are approaching an ethically slippery slope.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) June 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Thank you for the advice on how to run the site. Please send further tips to Jonathan.friedman@patch.com.
Eddie Porreca June 03, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Greg P, Couple of things: 1. What did you bring to the food drive? 2, Vendors brought flats of produce on top of the product they were selling specifically for the food pantry 3. The turn out was terrific considering the weather and all those in attendance went away happy. 4. Stop being a coward and use your real name 5. Feel free to come help set up any Saturday Morning, I would appreciate the help. 6. Drop me a line so you can be part of the year long planning that goes along with bring the farmers market ot the city. 7. The public has already spoken about how they feel about the efforts of the farmers market....that's why we are at the municipal lot at 74 N. Main Street again this year. 8. I will address your other comment below under your other alias
Dolly June 04, 2012 at 12:24 AM
People should not comment without facts. Greg P. and F. Barack need to educate themselves. Plus if you drive by why didn't you stop? Are you a non-health food nut? Into fat foods are you? Just hate people who try to contribute to the betterment of a community? Anti-business? Afraid of the competition NA because AFM kicks butt?
Dolly June 04, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Oops. You missed the memo. Closing is at 12:00
Briana Auclair June 04, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Wow, got some tough guys(?) hurling insults at a farmers market from behind their computer screens. You must feel good about yourselves. With your noses that high you'd think you'd have seen the sky and all that rain coming down the entire time the market was open. Many of the vendors (myself included) had to cancel because of the rain. God forbid someone in this city try to help some small businesses stay afloat. What have you done for 30 local farmers and artisans lately? Apparently not everyone's mother taught them if they didn't have anything nice to say not to say anything at all. I had a wonderful soggy time cheering everyone on who braved the rain, we had a blast and got to buy some fantastic foods and beautifully handcrafted items. We sang, danced and laughed in the rain and for the naysayers who did not join us- we are sorry you have not found the simplistic joy in our lovely little piece of heaven. And for those who did- we are all glad you joined us and hope you will continue to- you're near and dear to us. :) -A Proud AFM Vendor and life-long Attleboro resident <3
Eddie Porreca June 04, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hey Fake Buck/ Greg P/ EVP/ Coward: couple of clarifications: 1. It's PORRECA 2. If you had stopped by you would have found their was no jewelry or books, FYI there was no kettle corn either. 3. regarding the law about "non farm produce", I am no lawyer or Juris Doctorate however based on the Massachsuetts Department of Agricultural Resource (MDAR) we are right in line with being a Farmer Market. attached is a link from MDAR. http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/farmersmarkets/docs/Farmers%20Markets%20Policy_Final.pdf or you can call the Agricultural Commisioner Greg Watson, super nice guy, I am sure he can provide more information if you are concerned. 4. Certainly we did not have 1500 people yesterday, judging by the the number of quarters we had in the bucket at the end of the day, I would say about 250 folks braved the element, however the vendors had great sucess. 5.It is not Porreca Market. It belongs to Attleboro. Additionally, there is a Board of Directors for AFM, Inc. they can be found on our website. www.attleborofarmersmarket.com or you can come meet us personally any Saturday at the municipal parking lot at 74 North Main Street 8-12 through October 27 ( not september 29th, something else is going on at that location that day) 6. Glad to see you are supporting Romney, Have had the opportunity to meet him personally, seems like a really great guy. Hope he can make it to the market this year too! 7. Come on by any Saturday to help out would love the assistance
Eddie Porreca June 04, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hey Fake Buck/ Greg P/ EVP/ Coward: couple of clarifications: 1. It's PORRECA 2. If you had stopped by you would have found their was no jewelry or books, FYI there was no kettle corn either. 3. regarding the law about "non farm produce", I am no lawyer or Juris Doctorate however based on the Massachsuetts Department of Agricultural Resource (MDAR) we are right in line with being a Farmer Market. attached is a link from MDAR. http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/farmersmarkets/docs/Farmers%20Markets%20Policy_Final.pdf or you can call the Agricultural Commisioner Greg Watson, super nice guy, I am sure he can provide more information if you are concerned. 4. Certainly we did not have 1500 people yesterday, judging by the the number of quarters we had in the bucket at the end of the day, I would say about 250 folks braved the element, however the vendors had great sucess. 5.It is not Porreca Market. It belongs to Attleboro. Additionally, there is a Board of Directors for AFM, Inc. they can be found on our website. www.attleborofarmersmarket.com or you can come meet us personally any Saturday at the municipal parking lot at 74 North Main Street 8-12 through October 27 ( not september 29th, something else is going on at that location that day) 6. Glad to see you are supporting Romney, Have had the opportunity to meet him personally, seems like a really great guy. Hope he can make it to the market this year too! 7. Come on by any Saturday to help out would love the assistance
Colleen Sullivan June 04, 2012 at 12:49 AM
We're very excited AFM to be back! I love taking my kids to look, pick out and try fresh produce but we didn't take the bus down in fear the rain drowned everyone out.. But I will be there next weekend! And will keep the "beat the rain" for future notice :) We planted our sunflowers today though!
Colleen Sullivan June 04, 2012 at 12:54 AM
you got some tough social media gangster's.. AFM is fabulous don't change a thing.. I spread the word positively to everyone I know.. fun time for families, get out of the house, walk around, try new things and learn about new things you haven't tried.. our family loves it all <3
Just sayin' June 04, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Great to see the farmer's market again.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 10:16 AM
"Migsy's" comment has been removed for violating the terms of use for Attleboro-Seekonk Patch. It is bad enough not to be proud of one's comment and use a fake name, but it is also bad to accuse another of being behind a fake name without any proof. Let's try to be respectful of others. I can see why some people are using fake names above. I'd be embarrassed to put my name on some of the comments as well.
parkst June 04, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Glad the market is back & I can't really understand the weird animosity expressed here by town trolls who seem somehow riled up by something they can't even be bothered to check out. This is an odd place.
Buck Farack June 04, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Jonathan, Eddie, you are correct, the Buck who posted above is an impostor. I am and always have been a big supporter of the AFM. What's the world coming to when someone usurps another's pseudonym? Sheesh!
Buck Fauxrack June 04, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Attention fake Buck Farack - I - Buck Fauxrack am declaring myself the official Buck Farack imposter of the Attleboro Patch! Please defer all future Farmers market trolling/trashing to me. Regards, BF Yay for Romney!!!!!
HappyRockefeller@ymail.com June 04, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Stop being such an ass. Someone had to say it. It's Dept. of Agriculture not legal requirement!!! And it isn't 10%. Wood comes from trees - trees grow on farms. Clay is in the ground - pottery is made from clay. It is Attleboro's Farmers Market and the Porreca's selflessly volunteer their time and energy to make this city a better place. Go to the Market next week and buy some farm fresh eggs - then suck them.
HappyRockefeller@ymail.com June 04, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Nicely said.

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