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Fresh is Back on the Common!


By Bella Caggiano 
The reputation of the Norwood Farmers Market (NFM) has expanded through town lines. Its success lies with the commitment of Norwood residents supporting local, independent farms and businesses and the pledge of the vendors to set up on the Town Common each week, rain or shine. Last year’s NFM article described a return to the Norwood Town Common as bigger and better. Could it possibly expand from the 2023 season? The objective for NFM Organizer Peter McFarland and Market Manager Michele Taranto is an absolute yes! The Norwood Market will be back again, bigger and better! 
“Last year’s market exceeded my expectations,” McFarland said. “We are looking to increase the number of vendors and activities this year.” 
The Norwood Farmers Market will again be open for 18 weeks this season, Tuesdays, June 18-Oct. 15, 2-6 p.m., Norwood Town Common, (Aug. 6, 12-4 p.m.). 
Market patrons who visited last year will see many familiar faces and vendors in the 2024 season. McFarland and Taranto will be present to assist and guide every week, and while the lineup of vendors was still being finalized at press time, many vendors from last year were anxious to reserve their lawn spot this year: Jordans Seafood, Oakdale Farms, Morrill Memorial Library, and Wild Willys Sports Cards. The list is not complete and changes weekly throughout the year! This season, however, is already scheduled with more activities, more special events, and a diverse assortment of vendors. 
In addition to the delicious fresh food choices, various artisan and specialty selections, and information offered at the Norwood Farmers Market, it also delivers lots of fun! Each week, the market offers lots of outdoor games, but there will also be specialty-themed events, such as School’s Out for Summer, Pet Day, National Farmers Market Day, Independence Celebration, and Harvest Day! Musical guests will also be visiting the market and don’t be surprised to see inflatables on the town common! 
The Norwood Farmer’s Market is a collaboration with the Norwood Sustainability Commission and the Friends of Norwood Center with its primary initiative to buy local, eat healthy, and build community. Credit to the market’s success is spread through many areas: high school volunteers are essential to the efficient set up and breakdown of vendor tents, but they always find more ways to help the market flourish. As mentioned, McFarland and Taranto are available to answer questions and ensure a fluid, efficient, educational, and fun experience, Market sponsors, and the Norwood DPW and Norwood Town Hall with communication assistance through websites and signage. 
The Norwood Farmers Market has not only developed into a destination to purchase fresh local produce, food, and handmade items, but with the Central Ave. picnic area, crowds visit to enjoy and take in entertainment, music, demonstrations, eat, and participate in the fun, family activities on the Common! 
“Having Central St. closed enhances the feel of the Common, not just for the Farmers Market but for the community,” McFarland said. “It’s not the cutoff island at the busiest intersection in town. You can go by the Common any time of day and see people enjoying it, I never saw that before in my 40 years in town.” 
It’s not too late for vendors, businesses, and nonprofit groups to showcase and share their food, wares, creations, and information. Any vendors or organizations interested in participating in the Norwood Farmers Market can email [email protected]. Visit the Market Facebook page at ‘Norwood MA Farmers Market,’ to stay updated on Market news and subscribe their new weekly newsletter! 
“We are always looking for local businesses and organizations who want to connect with people and share their product, service, or mission,” McFarland said.