The seeds of the Harvard Farmers Market were first planted over a decade ago when a few Moms gathered over dance class and a Starbucks coffee. They sought a way to get fresh nutritious food to their children, friends and family in their small suburban town. They lamented over the plight of the small family farm, disappearing daily in America. They longed for the Markets of Europe, full of beautiful produce, breads, cheeses, meats, herbs, spices and jams. And so they dreamed up not just an ordinary farmer’s market, but a vibrant outdoor community meeting place filled with kids, neighbors, grandparents, music, chefs, events, pets, and homemade goods and produce of all kinds. They began to spread the word.
The moms were quickly joined by more community members who created, dreamed, planned, organized, budgeted, advertised, worked, sweated, and eventually celebrated when an outpouring of support arrived to shop on the Opening Day of the first HFM Saturday in August, 2006.
Since then, they have continued to watch the HFM grow into one of the largest farmer’s markets in Massachusetts. They became a non-profit. They began to feed the elderly, give to soup kitchens, deliver food to women’s shelters. With the help of their local school chef, they found a way to get farmed food to the children in school while supporting the lunch program at the same time. They started a Canning Club. They continue their outreach efforts in many ways, both in town and in communities around them.
This year they watch the HFM make its way towards its tenth year. They have welcomed the addition of new Board Members, who have arrived with fresh ideas and energy, as well as the addition of an onsite Manager each Saturday. They are indebted to the volunteers without whom this community Market couldn’t happen! And they are profoundly grateful to the many people who arrive each Saturday during harvest season to shop, eat, drink, and celebrate the beautiful gifts that come from Mother Earth.