The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market Celebrates its First Year With Festive Family-Friendly Pig Roast Party
The inaugural year of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market ends with a festive party this Saturday, October 26th, and the public is invited. Following the last market of the season, the market will host a pig roast party in partnership with Relish restaurant featuring a smorgasbord of local foods for every taste, live music by market favorites Billy Keane, Nico Wohl, Sam ‘n Andi, and Eamonn Barry, and a free bounce house and other activities for kids.
Partygoers will enjoy spit roasted locally grown pig (from Climbing Tree Farm), hamburgers and hotdogs, steamers, corn on the cob, baked beans, pasta salad, quinoa salad, flatbreads from Baba Louie’s Woodfired Organic Sourdough Pizza, and more (vegetarians will have lots to choose from.) A beer and wine garden will feature offerings from local breweries Big Elm and Wandering Star and market vendor and local winery Balderdash Cellars for purchase.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event, and just $5 for children under 12 years old. Advance tickets may be purchased at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge at 444 North Street, Relish Restaurant at 117 Fenn Street or online at farmersmarketpittsfield.org/dpfm/2013/10/pig-roast-party-and-end-of-season-celebration/. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the 2014 Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market.
The new farmers market, launched this year through a collaboration between the City of Pittsfield, Alchemy Initiative, and Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. has been a big success, drawing over 5,000 shoppers and over 35 different local food and artisan vendors to the First Street parking lot across from the Common in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. Along with local vegetable, fruit, baked goods, meats, cheeses, wine, plants, eggs and craft vendors, the market has also featured live music, weekly culinary adventures for kids from the Nutrition Center, and a community outreach booth that has featured over a dozen local community organizations, including the Westside and Morningside Neighborhood Initiatives. In 2014 the farmers market will be able to accept SNAP benefits all season long.
Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi has been a big supporter of the farmers market from its inception. “The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is a wonderful example of community partners working together to bring fresh, local, healthy food to our downtown and neighborhoods, and supporting local farmers and artisans at the same time. Theresa and I love to shop there, and we can’t wait ‘til it opens again next year.”
“We’re thrilled with our first year and look forward to 2014.” noted market manager Jess Conzo. “We’ve gotten great feedback from shoppers and vendors, and it has been wonderful watching the market becoming a welcoming community meeting space. Even Governor Deval Patrick stopped by to shop one Saturday!”
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market debuted on Saturday May 11th, 2013 and is sponsored by the City of Pittsfield, Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Berkshire Health Systems, Republic Services, and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.