My love for the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer’s Market is no secret on this blog. Though my CSA share means I don’t frequent markets as much as I might otherwise, any time I can find a free Saturday in the summer, I often venture to downtown Pittsfield to explore the market and shop.
My first post about the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer’s Market was in its previous location, a parking lot on First Street. Though I didn’t do much shopping that day, I was smitten. Since then, I’ve been kept in the loop about market going ons and attending market-related events.
In 2014, I wrote about attending an awesome preserve swap at the market. A day at the market plus trading pickles for vanilla extract and mustard? Yes, please.
2015 saw the move of the market (which is still pretty new to the city) from the parking lot to the Pittsfield Common. The Common is a beautiful location and makes the shopping experience even more pleasurable.
Why am I writing about the market during what is (sadly) still the off season?
I recently got an email from Jessica, the Pittsfield Farmers Market manager. The market is in the running for a $20,000 grant from Seeds of Change. This is a tremendous opportunity for the market to expand “programming to improve access to healthy food and increase nutrition for low-income families,” a major focus of the market already. Anyone can vote once a day from today through April 18. Twenty-four grant recipients will be chosen from among the top 50 vote getters.
One last thing – the final winter market of the season is next Saturday, April 9 at the Boys and Girls Club in Pittsfield. I’ll definitely be stopping by!
This post was written out of my love of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Relishments received no other compensation in any form.