Attleboro Farmers Market will be at a new location (Finberg Field) when it opens for a third season June 15, and it will also have at least one new product for sale—wine. The city's liquor board voted Tuesday to approve a request for Coastal Vineyards of South Dartmouth to sell wine at the market.
The sale of wine from "a licensed farm winery" has been allowed at farmers markets and other "approved agricultural events" since 2010, when Gov. Deval Patrick signed a Senate bill into law. AFM President Heather Porreca was pleased the local market was granted permission to take advantage of the state law.
"AFM couldn't be more excited to bring our customers their number one request, a local vineyard," wrote Porreca in an email to Attleboro Patch. "We are confidant that Coastal Vineyards will be very successful, along with our seasoned vendors at our new location. The excitement is really starting to build for the 2013 Season."
Coastal Vineyards co-owner and wine maker David Neilson has been a presence on the farmers market circuit since 2010. Among the places he sells wine are the markets in Lexington, Newton and Arlington, and he previously worked at the one in North Attleboro.
"It's so amazing to me after we've been doing this for three years and I still get an unbelievable number of people coming up to me and saying, 'I didn't realize there were wines from Massachusetts,'" Neilson told Patch. "We really surprise them, and I think that Massachusetts makes good wine. It's good to get the word out."