Memorial Day marks the beginning of planting season

Memorial Day known as safe time to start planting in New England

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a long and cold winter, some Franklin County residents are rolling up their sleeves and turning over the dirt.

That’s because Memorial Day is typically known as a safe time to start planting again in New England, which means business is picking up at Greenfield Open Air Market.

“Coming out of the depths of winter, people become anxious to have some color and some life,” said John Musacchio, owner of Greenfield Open Air Market.

Greenfield Open Air Market has been a staple in the town since 1948 when Musacchio’s father opened the store. The market was previously a fruit and vegetable stand. However, the market is now known for the variety of plants and flowers they grow and sell. Musacchio told 22News they tend to be the busiest right before Memorial Day. 

Amy Barry is excited about getting back to what she loves doing: gardening. “We’re avid gardeners and they have beautiful flowers. So we buy our vegetables, plants and flowers here,” said Amy of Shelburne Falls.

One Greenfield resident told 22News she buys plants around Memorial Day weekend every year to continue her father’s tradition.

John Musacchio told 22News, for those people wondering, that this weekend should be a safe time to start planting again.

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