PEABODY REBOOTS FARMERS MARKET
Peabody’s Farmers Market is no more. City officials and Peabody Main Streets have refashioned the traditional farmers market model to now be Peabody’s Pop Up Market. Taking place every other Tuesday this summer, the Pop-Up Market will move from outside of City Hall to the Leather City Common.
Opening day is slated for June 12 beginning at 3:00 p.m. and lasting until 7:00 p.m. Music and entertainment will be provided by DJ Rick DeSanctis. The Ipswich Ale Brewery’s beer truck will be on hand to serve their delicious craft brew.
The pop-up market will feature local outlets such as Tillie’s Farm, Roving Radish Free Range Flower Farm, and Little Acre Farm. Area food vendors like Hunters Tea, Eva’s Pastries, Bob’s Seafood, Buddy Boy BBQ, the Branch Olive Oil, and K’s Kitchen will be on hand. Crafters like Wild Balm Botanical will have items for sale as well. Customers can even stock up on specialty pet treats from New England Dog Biscuit Company.
Lisa Lotruglio, who owns the boutique bakery and catering business Bella & Harvey, is the coordinator for the market. “While we still have farms and makers offering produce and common foods, the addition of unique artisan foods, food trucks, live music, culinary demos and other handmade products make it more of an overall entertainment experience,” she said.
Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. is looking forward to the makeover of the market. “This new twist on the farmers market will be more convenient for vendors and customers alike. To host the market at the Leather City Common allows us to welcome more farmers, crafters, and business owners. Additionally, the Common provides plenty of parking and open space for activities and demonstrations for all ages,” he said.
Those activities will include a Kid’s Corner hosted by the Torigian Family YMCA and Peabody Recreation Department. Peabody Institute Library will be on site offering library card registration as well as a Play Lab for young children and caregivers to share stories and explore musical instruments.
The Pop Up Market will have a different theme every week until the season’s last day on September 4th. “Different themes give people from all walks of life the opportunity to participate and it allows everyone to come out and be a part of educational, informative and fun activities each week,” Lotruglio said.
This summer’s weekly themes for the Pop Up Market include “Woof”stock, Kid’s Day with North Shore 104.9, Get Crafty, Local Art/Local Music, Taste of Peabody, and Health & Wellness.
The Leather City Common is located at 53 Lowell Street across from the Ancient Order of Hiberians (AOH) Hall. Ample parking is available in the lot behind the AOH.