Updated: May 26
The Roslindale Village Main Street Summer Farmers Market begins Saturday, June 4th, and will run throughout the summer and fall until November 19th. On Opening Day, RVMS has an exciting entertainment lineup, including a demo from YMAA at 10:30, Davey the Clown at 11:00, CircusUp at 12, and a visit from Mayor Michelle Wu. Additionally, the market will be expanded to Birch Street Plaza. On opening day, the Plaza will host an artisans pop-up led by Lisa Goren, which includes eight arts & crafts vendors. The plaza will also have fan-favorite Kim Pure Pastry and shopping opportunities with local businesses, including Joanne Rossman: Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible, Centre Cuts Spa & Salon, Solera: A Shrine to Wine, and The Square Root Cafe.
“This season, we are excited to celebrate new changes,” says RVMS Event Manager Steve Marcelin. “We have a creative new Executive Director, Anna VanRemoortel, an Event Committee, and active business owners and resident volunteers who make this signature event possible. The Farmers Market is the summer place where residents meet up weekly to lounge in the grass, listen to music, and snack on fruits & veggies together. It’s the energy of this community-gathering experience that brings people out year after year in Roslindale.”
The RVMS Farmers Market is Boston’s most prominent neighborhood farmers market, with 30 vendors and 3,000 customers weekly. Since the start of the market 30 years ago, it has generated $4 Million in the local economy for local and regional vendors as well as Roslindale businesses. The RVMS Farmers Market is also a food access point for all. The market will continue to have Summer Eats Meals sponsored by Project Bread and the YMCA, which offers free meals to young people under 18. In addition, the market will continue to serve SNAP/EBT and farmers market coupon recipients while supporting the Roslindale Community Fridge.
This year, Adams Park and the Birch St Plaza will be filled with new vendors and free programming, including wellness activities, live performances, and engaging children’s activities. This programming is thanks to our generous sponsors, including The Muncey Group, our 2022 RVMS Partner! At the $15,000 Partner level, The Muncey Group has provided critical financial support and valuable insight, especially as we activate Birch St Plaza and host our signature events. You'll see our friends from The Muncey Group at many of our upcoming markets and signature events throughout the year so be sure to come say hi and introduce yourself! You may even find some fun swag items from RVMS and The Muncey Group team so keep an eye out for these as well. We would also like to thank our $5,000 level Co-Sponsors, Sazama Real Estate, and The Cooperative Bank for their support of our work.
We are also continuing the Community Stall program, where local nonprofits and community groups can have a table free of charge on Birch St Plaza to engage the community and share their missions. Additionally, to encourage local business participation, this year’s farmers market will continue to feature Roslindale Village businesses with low-fee booths, including Seymore Green, Jimmies Cafe, Birch St House & Garden, Rozzie Bound, Friends of the Roslindale Library, and Joyful Table Pottery.
RVMS expects thirty vendors every Saturday ranging from traditional produce farmers, specialty farmers, local food producers, arts and crafts vendors, and local nonprofits. New partnerships and more diverse activities will be featured again this year with children’s programming each week, including a lion dance demonstration by YMAA students and Davey the Clown, a Roslindale favorite. This year’s activities will include interactive art projects, petting zoo visits from Animal Craze, Spanish activities for children, a partnership with A Trike Called Funk, and more.
The market will be open from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm every Saturday, rain or shine, through November 19th at Adams Park and Birch St Plaza. As in years past, free parking will be available at the lower Roslindale Village Commuter Rail lot and the municipal lot off South Street. We encourage everyone to join us and, if possible, walk, bike, and use public transportation when traveling to the market. Learn about what programming and vendors you’ll see each week on our website: https://www.roslindale.net/farmers-market