Ashland – The Ashland Farmers” Market is running each Saturday, June through October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 125 Front St., on the grass diagonally across from the Ashland Library. The market hosts live music and activities for kids. Food trucks and theme days are among the new additions this year. Visitors are able to shop 20-plus tents of farmers, bakers, specialty food makers, and local artisans.
SATURDAY JULY 6 — INDIAN CULTURAL DAY. Young musicians, singers and dancers will perform classical Indian music and dance at the music stage; kids can have their names written in Sanskrit and get a henna tattoo at the Kid's Corner; Dr. Kumar Nochur of Ashland's Sri Lakshmi Hindu Temple will share details of the history and cultural activities of the Temple at the Community Tent; and Chef Renita Mendonca of Seasoned and Spiced will offer tastings of delicious Indian cuisine. Flats Mentor Farm is back again this year with hard-to-find Asian vegetables.
SATURDAY JULY 13 — ODE TO THE CARROT DAY.? Visitors can watch Chef Charlie Jacobs of Warren Conference Center cook up a riot of carrot combos; be screened for vision, blood pressure, glaucoma, hearing and macular degeneration at the free Lions” Eyemobile; visit giant angora rabbits from Evergreen Rabbit Farm; and listen to carrot poetry, spoken word and music from the Stony Hollow Stringdusters.
SATURDAY JULY 20 — TAYLOR CARSON, talented teenage singer/songwriter from Ashland, will perform. Visitors can bring their knives and pruning shears to Patti at On the Edge Knife Sharpening. Kids will enjoy fun crafts with Andrea Green from Starting Line Studio at the Kid's Corner (9:30-11:00 am).
SATURDAY JULY 27 — BUTTERFLIES EMERGE. Stop by the Kid's Corner (9:30-11:00 am) for a Monarch butterfly display. The Backstage Dancers perform live at the music stage.
Ashland Farmers Market will again provide a SNAP Matching Program, doubling tokens up to $10 per person each week. This means that weekly SNAP shoppers can spend an additional $40 a month on breads, fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, poultry and cheese, and even vegetable and herb seedlings. Some market farm vendors will also accept WIC and Senior Coupons.