The weekly market was established in June 2013, and was open for business on Tuesdays through September 24th in the historic Downtown Common. Hansons Farm from the rural countryside of North Framingham headlined the market, along with vendors that offered locally grown and produced goods. Hansons’ fifth generation farmers brought fresh produce picked within hours before opening each week. Neighboring breakfast and lunch eatery, Frescafe created a menu with specials made from market vegetables, including their “Farmers Market Eggplant Sandwich.” People came from as far away as Holliston to shop and take part in festivities. Local acts like Jenny the Juggler and Joe the Storyteller were on hand weekly to entertain children and families. Market organizers supported a broad income-based range of customers and visitors to the downtown by accepting WIC coupons and EBT cards.
Significance The Farmers Market provided a new destination for people to come to Downtown Framingham, which increased foot traffic and business for the local restaurants and retail. The Town of Framingham scheduled weekly maintenance and landscaping to prepare for market, and on-site activities made the Common a natural platform for community policing and social service outreach. Myths about parking and crime were widely dispelled by people who regularly attended market and found the conditions of the Downtown Common to be attractive and an asset to the town.
The Downtown Farmer's Market has been suspended until due to the beautiful redesign construction to beautify Downtown Framingham and make it more walkable. Stay tuned!