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Community Welcomes Return of Dudley Market

The following blog was written by Megan Gallagher, TFP's summer communications intern. A rising junior at Boston University, Megan has also been helping out at our Dudley Farmers' Market. The market is open every Tuesday and Thursday , 3 - 7 p.m., until October 27.

The scene is lively at the Dudley Farmers' Market!
The scene is lively at the Dudley Farmers' Market!
Our big blue van pulled up to Dudley Town Common and I didn’t see a farmers’ market. I had envisioned several venders, each selling a variety of products but upon our arrival I realized that we, exclusively, would be today’s farmers' market.

As we set up our tables and unloaded collards, beets, greenhouse-grown tomatoes, and other produce, curious passersby stopped to examine our greens and engage us in conversation. Several people thanked us for our return; others appeared to be newcomers. But regardless of their relationship with the market, it seemed that our presence was unanimously appreciated. As I watched customers select fresh vegetables harvested on The Food Project’s farms, I also wondered if many of them had access to produce between the months of November and May, when TFP’s markets are on hiatus.

After working at the market, I’ve found that the attitude of our customers has made one thing clear: The Food Project makes fresh, locally grown food accessible. Undoubtedly, this accessibility has planted a seed. A seed that harvests weekly smiles as our customers depart the Dudley Town Common, produce in hand.

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