To celebrate New Hampshire Farmers Market Week, a part of Eat Local Month, the Rochester Farmers Market welcomed N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill to the market last Tuesday.
Merrill’s visit was marked by a ceremony recognizing the thriving Rochester market, which is in its second year of operation.
“Farmers Market Week is a chance to draw attention to our market, which welcomes dozens of vendors who offer locally sourced food and produce,” Economic Development Specialist Jennifer Marsh said. “We were truly honored to welcome Commissioner Merrill to Rochester.”
The Rochester Farmers’ Market is held on the Rochester Common every Tuesday from 3-6 p.m., June through September. In addition to a diverse selection of products and vendors, the market also offers family entertainment and children’s activities throughout the season.
The Rochester Farmers’ Market is a participant in the Granite State Market Match program, offering a dollar match to customers using their SNAP benefits to purchase fresh, local foods. The Market also initiated a veteran’s program to thank local military service members. Market organizers raise money each year through grassroots donations and at each market during the month of September, veterans are provided with vouchers to spend at the market. $32,000 has been raised for this program in 2017.
In addition to local produce and foods, the Rochester Farmers Market features live entertainment, children’s activities and food demonstrations.