Farmers Market on the Move, but Staying in Attleboro

The Attleboro Farmers Market will take place next year at Finberg Field.

There will be no repeat of Library v. Attleboro Farmers Market next year. AFM officials announced in a press release issued Tuesday that they will move the operation from the controversial parking lot next to the Attleboro Library on North Main Street to Finberg Field, located on Park Street across from Bliss Bros. Dairy.

"The new location will provide more space for vendors, more parking for visitors at the market and more flexibility for everyone," AFM officials wrote. "We will be kicking off the 2013 Season in mid-June and running through the end of October. AFM will continue to bring the wonderful items that you have come to enjoy each and every Saturday morning with Finberg Field as our backdrop."

The release states the move was made in collaboration with the city administration. It makes no mention of the conflict with the library over the use of the parking lot that led to community debates and lengthy City Council meetings as specifics were sorted out.

The market will continue to operate at the location on 74 North Main Street for the remainder of this season through Oct. 27. There is no market this Saturday because of the library's annual fall book sale, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day as well as Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (free for members, $20 for everybody else) and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (free for everybody).

Paula McK. September 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I'll be honest: I thought the downtown location was more convenient. It's always relative, though; isn't it. If it's farther from one, it's bound to be closer to another. But I have my doubts I can make it to the new location next year.
Gretchen Robinson September 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
wonderful!!! Plus it's on the bus line that takes people to La Salette Shrine and Lifecare, which runs out of the Downtown. I'm glad the Attleboro Library gets 'its' lot back. I know it's city property but the lot was really too small.
George Grey September 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Honest to god Gretchen. For someone who spouts equality and giving all the time that is a pretty selfish statement. It was 4 hours on a few Saturdays that they had to share. You and the Library need to get over yourselves and your scence of superiority. The Farmers Market brought vitality and a whole bunch of people to a part of town that is DEAD on Saturdays. Perhaps you and the library should have capitilized on the success of a thriving organization instead of chasing it to the outskirts of town. I wish the organizers luck with the new location, and can't blame them one bit for moving.
Gretchen Robinson September 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
wow, that's quite an overreaction. In truth I have been a big supporter of the Farmer's Market!! Ask Rick Conti how many times I was there last year. And writing glowing messages on their facebook page. Heather Porreca can validate that. It was all positive. I am not in any way speaking for the Library. Please don't assume that I am. For you to assume I am is unfortunate. If you have something to say, say it directly to me. How dare you make assumptions about me or my intentions in writing!! As for location, I think it needs to be downtown somewhere. At least the new location is on a bus line so people without cars can get there.
Briana Auclair September 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
As one of the vendors, this is exciting and refreshing! The market plan for this year was a bit too tight and the layout wasn't the best for selling. There was always something in the back of my head that had me wondering when someone was going to complain and send us back to city hall battling for our right to an unowned city lot for 4 hours a week. This is a sigh of relief knowing that we will have more space for more vendors, less headaches and a set up that is more commerce friendly. While this is farther from the center of town, like Gretchen mentioned it is right on a bus line and being closer to the edge of town might allow for more Rehoboth and Seekonk residents to join us. The joy of AFM is that its for everyone, Attleboro residents or not. AFM is bigger than 30 vendors and its volunteers. The Attleboro Farmers Market belongs to every person who join us, each family who wanders our little slice of heaven picking out veggies, learning about honey bees, looking at handwoven pieces, trading kale and swiss chard recipes and supporting local businesses. Attleboro Farmers Market has done wonders for my business and for me personally. I had never attended farmers markets until last year when I joined. My diet has improved because of my access to fresh, local, preservative free food. I have made amazing friends and being part of the market has helped my PTSD and my civilian socialization skills. I'd follow AFM anywhere, Attleboro or not.


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