Our market is facing a number of challenges this year, and after much consideration we have decided not to open for the upcoming 2019 season. After twelve years, this is a really difficult decision because we love our market, and love supporting our local farms and businesses.
Over the past few years, it has become more and more difficult to enroll new vendors (especially farms/ produce), and our shopper traffic has declined meaning that many of you have experienced declining sales. Recruiting volunteers has become almost impossible as well. This season would also include the challenge of moving to a new location, as Harvard’s elementary school is being torn down in June.
The HFM Board will use this time off to evaluate how, and if, we can re-tool the market to appeal to more vendors, boost shopper traffic and recruit volunteers.
We are so thankful to our supporters.
The Harvard Farmers Market Board