It’s Children’s Day!

Friday July 27th will be “Children’s Day” at the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market, from 2:00 – 6:30! Come for an interesting and fun-filled afternoon! Here are some of the special activities plus visiting artists and vendors.


• Stop by Jesse Berry’s Ride ‘N’ Dine food truck for a late lunch, a snack, or dinner. His menu for the day includes hamburgers, mini-hot dogs (also with chili and cheese), chicken tacos with mango & pineapple salsa, fries, and more.


• Alexis Arcerro will be back this week with her ever-popular whole-fruit popsicles. For Children’s Day, she’ll also be doing face painting, which was quite a hit last year. (There is a fee for the face painting, and children will need permission from a parent or guardian.)

violin instr 3• Musica Franklin will be at the Market from 2:00 – 3:00. Based in Greenfield and Turners Falls, Musica Franklin offers a free intensive music program where students learn social and academic skills while experiencing the joy of making music together. Musica Franklin is modeled on El Sistema, a hugely successful music and social change program started in Venezuela 40 years ago. El Sistema is now practiced all over the world, helping to lift up children and their families. The children will be playing violin, drumming, and singing, and are happy to teach you some songs, too.   And here’s an article about Music Franklin from the 18 July Recorder:



• From 3:30 – 6:00, the Shelburne Falls-based Ukulele Family (Dave Herrera plus family and friends) will be bringing their ukuleles, guitars, and wonderful voices to play a wide variety of tunes, featuring their large repertoire of children’s songs. They welcome you to bring your own instruments, and sing and dance along.

• And all afternoon (2:00 – 6:30), there’s a fun scavenger hunt that’s a great way to meet the vendors and explore the Market

Children of all ages are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult.

Two more gorgeous Fridays in a row!

With the heat wave we’ve been having, who’d have thought that it would be so cool and comfortable at the Market these past two Fridays! Clear blue skies and gentle breezes off the river, and the welcoming shade of the trees lining the Green. . . . so lucky!

And many thanks to the musicians who were with us on those days: to Lui Collins on June 29th


and TubaLove (Rob Skelton, Kevin Smith, and Lowell LaPorte) who were back with us on July 6th!


What a Beautiful Day at the Market!


Couldn’t have asked for nicer weather on the 22nd: blue skies, gentle breezes, and just-right temperatures!

IMG_5298  Thank you to Kevin Jones for his musical artistry! (More info about Kevin is on our music page.)

Also, we were very happy to be sharing the Green with the opening ceremony for Shelburne’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. A nice article about that is in Saturday’s Greenfield Recorder.

We mentioned in the post last week about the special drawing to be held on the 22nd to benefit the Fill the Belly Bus campaign. Thank you to everyone who participated by making a donation! Because of your generosity, we were able to raise $55 — all of which will go directly to Fill the Belly Bus! And to the two lucky winners of the drawing — Nancy and Peter — congratulations!

June 22nd, and festivities afoot!

IMG_2680Kevin Jones will be back with us for the first time this season! For more information about Kevin and his music, please check out our music page.

Also, Shelburne’s 250th Anniversary Celebration is this weekend, and it kicks off right next to us on the Green! Come visit the Market this Friday, the 22nd, and stay for the Opening Ceremony at 5:15. Then check out the reception, dinner and dancing from 6:00 – 10:30 at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center right across the street.

To celebrate, we’re also holding a special drawing on the 22nd. Buy a ticket for $1 to enter a drawing to win 10 “Market Dollars”, which you can use with any vendors at the Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market during any of our markets — during the regular season or during our Autumn Market in November. (Each “Market Dollar” is valued at $1, and can be used instead of cash with any vendor at the Market. The Market Dollars don’t expire, and they can’t be exchanged for cash.) Two lucky folks will each win a certificate for 10 Market Dollars. All the money raised by this drawing will go directly to the “Fill the Belly Bus” campaign. For more information on this Franklin County initiative, please see the poster below.

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Also, here’s a link to a listing of all the 250th Anniversary Celebration activities.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on June 22nd!

. . . and what would a farmers’ market be, without music?

Thanks so much to the musicians who have been with us so far this season! 

Sarah Pirtle opened our market  on May 25th, with her beautiful,  peaceful flute music.IMG_5092

Then TubaLove & Friends came later that afternoon to keep our toes tapping! (Kevin Smith on Tuba, Lowell LaPorte on percussion, and Rob Skelton on everything else)


Next, on June 1st, Sonny Crawford serenaded us all with his many instruments.


We were joined by the Serenata Mandolin Trio on June 8th, playing familiar melodies on their antique instruments. (Peggy Hart, Chris Stetson, and Eliza D’Agostino)


And, new to the Market this year, Claire Dacey joined us on June 15th, sharing folksongs, and her exquisite vocal & instrumental virtuosity.


To find out more about these musicians and about the music line-up for the rest of the season, please visit our music page !

Our Fourth 2018 Market!

The past four Fridays have been sunny, warm and wonderful as we start our 2018 season! Thank you to everyone who has come to the Green to chat, catch up with friends, shop, and relax!


Our full-season vendors are back with us this year, and Marky (our purple, fuzzy Market Manager) is keeping everyone in line.

(Clockwise from the top left: Davenport Maple Farm, Good Bunch Farm, Healing Therapies, Hiro’s Greenhouse, Freeman Farm, Barberic Farm, and Sweet Morning Farm)



We’ll also be joined by a variety of other wonderful vendors from week to week. Here are some of the folks you’ll see at the market, too, depending on the week: IMG_5274 


(From top left: Kastina Olive Oil, Body-Art by Taica Patience, Alexis Arcaro Ceramics, and Joy Farm)



The weather for our next market on June 22nd looks like it will be bright and sunny, too, so we hope you’ll stop by!

It’s Veggie Day!

Join us on Friday August 25th for Veggie Day!

It looks like it’ll be a warm sunny day at the Market. Along with our wonderful regular vendors and some veggie surprises, there are 2 special events:


• Face Painting with Shannon Bassett and Patricia Archambault (from the Heath Fair!)

It’s something great for the kids! Face painting done in a variety of characters and designs. Painted with non- toxic and hypoallergenic paints, these designs are sure to excite your little ones!




• Music by Parlicium

Parlicium is an indie rock band made up of three homeschoolers from all around the pioneer valley, featuring Lanie Moore on piano, bass, and vocals, Kim Chin-Gibbons on lead guitar, drums, and vocals, and Tobias LaMontagne on acoustic guitar, drums, and lead vocals. With soft, sweet melodies, and versatile instrumentation, their influences go back to variations of folk and roots rock.


Stop by and stay for a fun, yummy, and relaxing afternoon!