Holyoke holds first Farmer’s Market of the year

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A sign that spring is definitely here: farmers markets are taking place all across western Massachusetts. On Thursday, Holyoke held their first farmer’s market of the season.

This year the Holyoke’s Farmer’s Market is being held right next to Veterans Park. The Holyoke Farmer’s Market has moved to a new location on Chestnut Street next to the newly refurbished park.

People are able to find all kinds of flowers, vegetable plants as well as fresh produce at the farmer’s market.

Farmers told 22News that this spring’s weather has had an effect on the growing season.

Mary Russell from Mary’s Greenhouse in Westfield said, “The weather has, it’s been cold, and we use a lot of oil to heat our greenhouses with.”

“Well it seems that our beds are behind but we just uncovered them the other day; usually they’ve been uncovered for a little bit longer than this,” said Bob Johnson of the Johnson Farm in Deerfield. “Even the asparagus is coming up slower, fruit trees are budding later, everything.”

Also at the Holyoke Farmer’s Market culinary students from Dean Technical High School made soup, as well as fresh bread and cookies.

The Holyoke Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday through October from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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