Thank you! Thank you!

thank-you-clotheslineThanks to all who turned out for our last market of the 4th season. Now we’d like to take the time to thank you!

* To Steve Mitchell, Michael Gurnick and Melanie Lewis for hauling heavy containers of unsold produce to the Ashland Food Pantry

* Lieutenant David Beaudoin of the Ashland Police Dept. for making sure we’ve had electronic sign reminders for major market event days

* Town Manager Tony Schiavi, his administration, and the Board of Selectmen for demonstrating enthusiastic support for the market

* Ashland Redevelopment Authority for renting us the best location we could use

* Leo Doucette and his team of Auxiliary Police Officers for making sure the traffic flowed smoothly every market day

* Health Agent Mark Oram and his assistant Laura who have been terrific to work with to ensure food safety

* Ashland Public Library staff and Trustees for their graciousness in letting us use their immaculate restrooms and changing their hours to match ours

* The Carve for providing the final celebratory luncheon

* And all the vendors, artisans, performers, volunteers, sponsors and shoppers who have made our market such a success.

Saturday 11/21: Indoor Pre-Thanksgiving Market

SocialPostJoin us for our 3rd Annual Indoor Pre-Thanksgiving market. Shop over 20 food vendors to stock up on holiday foods and local traditional delicacies.

Start your holiday shopping.  With 17 artisans, you can most certainly put a dent in that growing gift list. They’ll be offering fantastic stocking stuffers, winter accessories, and holiday themed specials.

Here’s our stellar list of participating vendors.

Food Vendors:
Arcadian Farm
Long Life Farm
Medway Community Farm
Shady Pine Farm
Five Loaves Bakery
Julie’s Z Breads
Yummy Mummy Brownies
Bello Treats
Anna Banana’s Homemade Goodness
Narragansett Creamery
OMG Bagels
Town Farm Gardens
Ackerman’s Maple Syrup
Sa’s Homestyle
Amir’s Natural Foods
Valicenti Organics
Hickory Nut Farm
Hillcrest Apiary
Take the Cake Cupcakes
Country Desserts Bakery (fresh pies)

Amaia Papaya Shop
Angel Hair Alpacas
A Second Chance
Brookfield Candle Company
Brooklyn Bath
Cheryl Cohen Mosaics Art Center
DAG Pottery
The Domesticated Wild Child
E’s Beads & Knits
Early Bird Designs
L&A Designs
Pictures/Pottery ANew
Rag Hill Farm
SilverLeaf Studios
Tobi Collage Etc.
Two Orange Cats Jewelry

Ashland Farmers Market increases attendance by 35 percent

By Amanda Beland / Daily News Staff
Posted Nov. 6, 2015 at 2:56 PM
ASHLAND – Attendance at this season’s Ashland Farmers Market rose by 35 percent.

From June 13 through Oct. 10, 24,445 customers visited the market, with each market averaging close to 1,400 visitors.

Rob Molenbeek, one of the market’s founders, attributes the increase to good weather, an increase in popular market special events and the market becoming more known around town. This year, the market hosted 12 special events, including themes such as Indian culture, sustainability and vintage. Each event featured exhibits and activities related to the designated theme alongside the regular food and artisan vendors.

The events are making the farmers market a destination to go spend time on a Saturday with everyone,” said Molenbeek. “We were also very lucky this year with the weather. We only had one bad weather day.”

Molenbeek said the market added only a couple more vendors this year, with 64 food sellers and artisans participating.

“It’s very rewarding work,” said Molenbeek. “Some of us come ever week. My wife and I go every week. Steve Mitchell (Board of Selectmen vice chair) pretty much goes every week. So for those people, it’s very rewarding to see this doing well. The farmers market is becoming a meeting place to see and meet everyone.”

Residents can still get a piece of Ashland Farmers Market this year if they attend this month’s indoor pre-Thanksgiving market on Nov. 21. Like the traditional market, more than 15 food and artisan vendors will be selling local goods to be used for the big meal. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ashland Middle School.

More information on the market – including volunteering opportunities – can be found

Amanda Beland can be reached at 508-626-3957 or Follow her on Twitter @abelandMWDN


The Plantmobile Went to Mindess!

In our 4th season, we decided to make Education one of our goals. Along with offering MiniGrants, we allocated funds to sponsor the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s trip to the Mindess School. In June, a Plantmobile educator conducted programs for each of the Neighborhood classes about how plants grow. Comment if you have any other cool ideas for our Education Committee.

Recap Pumpkin Painting Party

pumpkin dayThank you to everyone for coming out to celebrate the close of our 4th season! We had a great time painting pumpkins with the little ones. Big thank you to Jeanne Walker and her volunteers for their efforts. Here are some photos from the day.

On an unrelated note… we’re already looking ahead to more adventures with the AFM. Mark your calendars:

11/21/15: Indoor Pre-Thanksgiving Market
1/16/16: Annual Meeting (public encouraged to attend)

And who knows, maybe a wedding will pop up on the 2016 Calendar of Events?!?

Closing Day Pumpkin Painting Party 10/10

11882606_1029688613731802_398884989381731951_oSadly, all good things must come to an end. We look forward to seeing everyone at AFM on Saturday for the final HURRAH of the 2015 season.

We will be hosting an all day Pumpkin Painting Party (as long as supplies last). Quick tip: Paint your pumpkin upon arrival at the market so that it can dry while you shop. All needed materials will be provided along with smocks to help protect clothing. Be aware that non-washable paints are used.

Click here for a list of our vendors coming on Saturday. 

Don’t despair though, we won’t be gone for too long. We’ll be hosting our 3rd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Indoor Market on 11/21. 

Saturday is Wine and Cheese Day!

photo credit: Patrick Rogers Photography
photo credit: Patrick Rogers Photography

Beautiful Fall weather is upon us. Come on down to the Farmers Market on Saturday to check out our first Wine and Cheese Day. Click here for the special lineup.

And click here for our list of weekly vendors/artisans/musicians/and groups.

Quick heads up- Acoustic Java won’t be able to make it to the market so make sure you bring your caffeine with you :)

Hundreds celebrate Ashland Day’s milestone 30th year

From Metrowest Daily News: Hundreds of parents, kids, business owners, artists, musicians, student athletes and volunteers gathered at Stone Park and other venues around town on a picture-perfect Saturday to show their pride in their hometown as Ashland Day hit its milestone 30thyear.

“Everyone’s pretty excited,” said volunteer Karri Fabbri, who added that fireworks planned for the evening made the event extra special this year. Fireworks had been cost-prohibitive for the last several years, and had not taken place since Ashland Day’s 25th year, she said.

Events included a soccer challenge, an auction, cupcake decorating, tie dying and a bike parade, where youngsters showed off bicycles decorated with ribbons, glow sticks, decals, pom poms and colorful streamers. The grand prize for this year’s bike parade was won by Anthony John Harper, 5, who outfitted his bike in a space missile theme and wore a costume to match.
“It felt great,” said Anthony, who needed a hug from his daddy and a few minutes to recover from the surprise before he could describe what it was like to win the trophy at the bike parade, which attracted about 20 children in the pre-kindergarten to fourth grades. All kids who entered received a goodie bag of prizes.
“I think it’s a great expression of what community is,” said Anthony’s mother, Nicole Treddin. She said the family moved to Ashland from Newton last summer and are impressed by Ashland Day.
“Good,” Anthony replied succinctly when asked for his opinion of Ashland Day.
“I think people are drawn in by all the colors,” said Rebecca Leung, who was selling a colorful mix of vegetables at the Farmers Market, which was already bustling with customers in its first hour. She said some vegetables associated with the fall are beginning to make their appearances, while others that grow primarily during the summer have finished their season.
“Sometimes people are surprised by how much you can get locally,” she said, while showing the texture of an unusual apple-green eggplant.
“When you buy in a grocery store, you don’t usually meet the people who grow your vegetables,” said Brittany Overshiner, who was working with Leung at Medway Community Farm’s booth, which was one of dozens of businesses selling local foods, plants and flowers. Leung and Overshiner credited the state of Massachusetts for programs that allow low-income residents to use their Women, Infants and Children or food stamp benefits at local farmers markets so they can also experience the taste and health benefits from fresh local foods.
“There are samples of everything, and once people try they tend to buy,” said Ron Starcher with Brookfield’s Town Farm Gardens, who was selling pickles, salsas, jams and hot sauces. He had a stack of recipes for ways to use the products. Selling his products from a farmers market booth is a lot more fun than a retail store, he added.
Organizers of the well-attended event said Ashland Day attracts not only local residents, but also residents of nearby towns who want to join in the fun and help celebrate Ashland, which is believed to have been settled in 1750 and was incorporated as a town in 1846.
With no prediction of rain in the forecast, it was looking good for the evening’s fireworks at Hopkinton State Park.
“People are psyched for that,” said Fabbri.

AFM @ Ashland Day 9/19: NEW LOCATION

10422436_627929787243500_31330223098655387_nThe AFM is going on a Field Trip. Over the past 3 seasons, we’ve heard requests from customers and vendors to join in the festivities of Ashland Day over at Stone Park. So for one  only, please stop on by the AFM in our special location on the Basketball Courts at Stone Park. Also for this day only, we’ll have extended market hours from 9am-3pm.

Here’s the vendor lineup:

Arcadian Farm
Flats Mentor Farm
Long Life Farm
Medway Community Farm
Sunshine Farm
ShadyPine Farms
Acoustic Java
Five Loaves Bakery
OMG! Bagels
Julie’s Z Breads
Narraganset Cheese
Amir’s All Natural
Valicenti Organico
Ackermann Maple Syrup
Tortured Orchard
Town Farm Gardens
Little Beehive Honey
Yummy Mummy Brownies

Boston Nut Roasters Lemonade & Kabob House will be under the Food Tent.

For more info on Ashland Day visit:

Re-Cap Vintage Ashland Day

11228900_1045047972195866_2687773412357697308_nWe definitely had the pick of weather days this weekend at the AFM. We took it back to Prohibition Days on Vintage Day. Check out these great photos. 

Don’t miss next week’s Ashland Day! The AFM is taking a field trip. We’ll move location from our usual Front St. spot to the Basketball Courts at Stone Park.  Enjoy Ashland Day, then come by the courts to do your weekly shopping.  You’ll find all of these great AFM vendors there. 

ReCap- Customer Appreciation Day: Lobsterfest

11988298_1040153742685289_9170459118039178155_nWow! What a great  Customer Appreciation Day: Lobsterfest on Saturday! Big thanks to Needham Bank for their sponsorship, The Carve for cooking up delicious Lobster rolls, corn on the cob, and slaw. Jordan Brothers and Sunshine Farm provided the goods for The Carve. Here are some pictures from this fun day. 

Did you enter the drawing? Big thanks to our generous vendors. 14 food vendors and 5 artisans contributed enough goods for 3 prizes.  AHS volunteer Aoife Cannon and her family won the big basket. Shopper Linda Wise won the second prize basket. And Josh Tynan swung by to pick up his third prize.IMG_2490

Last Day to PreOrder Your Lobster Rolls!

Preorder Lobster Rolls Here

Our Customer Appreciation LobsterFest Day is coming up on 9/5. Click on the above to Pre-Order your lobster roll today. Ordering ends at 7:30 pm. If you don’t pre-order they will still be available for purchase at the market first come, first served.

We had a huge surprise turnout for our Lobster Fest last season, but not nearly enough lobster rolls, and many of you were disappointed. Thanks to our new neighbor and sponsor, Needham Bank, we should have enough lobster rolls for everyone this year.

Thank you Sunshine Farm for your fresh corn and Jordan Brother’s Seafood for amazing lobster!

Ashland Farmers Market to host Lobster Fest

From the Metrowest Daily News: The Ashland Farmers Market will host its Lobster Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at 125 Front St., on the green across from Ashland Public Library.Children can check out live lobster and create a lobster craft at the Kid’s Corner from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Council on Aging will be at the community tent and guests are invited to eat at the picnic area while listening to folk singer and songwriter Jesse Hanson and Friends from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Arts Ashland Alliance Music Stage.The farmers market takes place every Saturday through Oct. 10, rain or shine. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program customers can take advantage of a dollar-for-dollar match up to $20 per person each week. Additional parking is available at the Town Hall lot. Attendees are encouraged to bring reusable shopping bags or borrow the market’s bags to help eliminate single-use plastic bags.Those who purchase tickets before Sept. 3 will receive a customer appreciation discount at $13 per person. For more information, visit

The Outlast Blocks Have Arrived

The wait is finally over…


The blocks have arrived! After a couple trips to the hardware store, we have found a box big enough to store them in.  Be sure to visit the market this weekend and play with us.

We would like to thank the following supporters for helping to make this possible:

Trunk Level Supporters

  • The Ashland Mom’s Club
  • The Carve Cafe
  • Kelly Erickson
  • Meigs Family
  • mvgolik
  • The Chase Family
  • Moolenbeek
  • Steve Mitchell
  • The Marshquist Family

Branch Level Supporters

  • Catherine Crow
  • catguido
  • Sarah Schmidt
  • Barbara Hescock
  • mvgolik
  • Robert Seater
  • Michelle Chase

Leaf Level Supporters

  • dchunglo625
  • clairegoss
  • Lauren Lapaglia
  • Frederic Vigneault
  • erst12
  • Peggy Grimes
  • meskee9
  • c2douce

In addition to these donations, there were dozens of other people who pledged at other levels or anonymously online and a few folks who gave us cash directly at the market. THANK YOU!

And special thanks to Rob Moolenbeek, who assembled not just one box, but two boxes to get the best fit for the blocks…

8/8/15 ReCap

food demo the carveThis Saturday’s weather was absolutely gorgeous! We have been blessed with sunny and warm Saturdays all season. We hope you had a chance to come out and see the Leah’s Food Demos at The Carve.

Did you see the great dancers from Backstage Dance Company or the beautiful melodies of Taylor Carson?

Did you try your hand at putting on the green from from Putts and More?

We hope you’ll join us again on Saturday- it’s Farm Day.

Here are some photos from this past market day. 

Putts and More

puttsandmore_weblogo_80On Saturday 8/8, the Kids’ Corner welcomes Jim of Putts and More miniature golf course on the border between Ashland and Holliston on Route 126. Jim says, “Each one who tries will receive a card which gives everyone in their group a discounted rate for a round of mini golf at Putts & More this year. There are also prizes for the free ice cream and free golf for putting into targets.”
What strikes us about this family-friendly miniature golf course is how it got started.

“Putts and More was founded by three families on a mission to deliver first-class miniature golf, while providing meaningful employment to teenagers and young adults with disabilities. They bought the former Water Hazard and have been working to restore it to its original condition. The putt-putt course includes 18 challenging holes in a well-maintained entertainment park. There is a small snack bar, that offers hot dogs, ice cream and slushies. Discounts are available for larger groups, leagues, and fund-raising activities.”

A Boston Globe article from June 25, 2014 reported that “Four area nonprofits will assign people to work at the course: Price Center in Newton, which works with disabled children, Accept Educational Collaborative in Natick, which helps people ages 18-22 who need extra schooling; Milford Community Use Program, which offers extra-curricular activities for all ages; and Crossroads School in Natick, which works with autistic children.”


Putts & More
750 Concord St. Rte. 126
Holliston, MA

Dog Day ReCap

How well behaved all our four-footed guests were today! Nearly 70 dogs and their handlers paraded down the AFM fairway, then at least 37 contestants waited to hear the judges results.

Fifteen lucky dogs received ribbons donated by N.E.C. Trophies of Ashland. Our eight guest dog-related vendors were happy to chat with our many dog-loving customers.
IMG_1841Teen face painters designed everything from butterflies to dog faces.

Ashland’s own photographer Patrick Rogers took more than a thousand pictures, we are told. But he was not the only one. This day was a photographer’s delight. MetroWest Daily News photographer Ken McGagh captured great shots of dogs and people. Check out the photos here. IMG_1836
Volunteers young and old made this event work smoothly. And the weather cooperated wonderfully!


Dog Day is this Saturday – 8/1/15

IMG_2219It’s Dog Day at the Ashland Farmers Market on Saturday, August 1. Bring your four-legged friend to the market and check out the special services, events and treats for them. A reminder that all dogs must be crowd friendly, on leash, and well behaved to participate in the Dog Parade. Ribbons will be awarded by the judges. Free registration for the dog parade starts at 10:00 AM near the Kid’s Corner. The parade starts at 11:00 near the skate park. The parade will proceed down the whole length of the market and then return to the music tent where ribbons will be awarded in specific categories.

For non-canine-loving customers, come early to shop.

IMG_2220There will be several dog services and vendors in attendance, including:

  • Dr. Schwarz of Ashland Animal Hospital
  • Best Friends Pet Care
  • Baypath Humane Society
  • Ashland Pet Concierge
  • Gizzy Goodies Dog Treats
  • Greyhound Friends
  • Little Paws Dachshund Rescue
  • Full Circle Arts with dog-themed gifts
  • Patrick Rogers – photographer


We did it!

With one day left, and just in time for “dog day” we surpassed our crowdfunding goal to purchase and Outlast block set for the Farmers Market.

We have already ordered the blocks and are currently working on finding a suitable box for storing them on site. We will send another update when the blocks have arrived and are ready to play with.

38 generous online contributors and several offline contributors helped us to do this. We will post the public donor list to our site in the coming weeks. Today we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped us reach this goal.

ReCap Health & Nutrition Day

Needle little relief? At Health and Nutrition Day, customers took advantage of 10 minutes of free acupuncture, chiropractic spine screenings, a yoga demonstration, Pilates and muscle conditioning demos, measurements of their cell phone radiation, hearing and eye screenings, dental hygiene tips, samples of homeopathic remedies, and learned about dangers of GMOs and need for food labeling. What a lively day it was with 46 tents on the grass at 125 Front Street!11701183_1018642261503104_7125645847298772631_n

The winner of the day’s raffle is Todd Carter who was thrilled to receive an AFM T-shirt and $25 AFM gift certificate in addition to the yoga mat and bag.


For a day of gastronomic variety, Krua Khun Yah, Ashland’s Thai restaurant, brought delicious curry puffs, vegetable dumplings, chicken satay, the popular Asian bubble tea, and more.

Farmers once again donated several bins and containers of fresh, local produce to the Ashland Food Pantry.

Seventeen high school volunteers chipped in to make everything run smoothly.

Here are a few more photos. 

Needham Bank Challenge Grant

Challenge-Grant-Header-AB90Here’s how it works: for every supporter of the Ashland Farmers Market who chooses to open a new checking account with Needham Bank, the bank will donate $100 to the market! Simply mention the Challenge Grant and Ashland Farmers Market when you open your account at the Ashland branch. This generous Challenge Grant expires 1 year from now.

Check it out!

Outlast Blocks Crowdfunding Update

Outlast Bock Set Photo

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Outlast Block set crowdfunding campaign!

We just crossed the halfway mark on our 40 day fund raising campaign. We are 21 days into the campaign and we are now a little more than halfway to our fundraising goal of $1620.

If we can continue the same momentum, we should reach our goal by our August 1st deadline. If you haven’t heard about the campaign, please visit our IndieGoGo page to learn more about it.

July 11th ReCap

IMG_1404Our market continues to exceed our expectations. Even though we had no special event today, we had a very steady flow of customers. The market is averaging over 40% more visitors than last year.

We had our first tomatoes today.  Exciting  colorful vegetables are being brought to the market. The bounty of farmers greens were shared with the Ashland Food Pantry – 5 large containers of them.
Four on the Floor band is now a favorite. The picnic area was overflowing.

Huge toothbrushes and shaving cream brought by our local orthodontist Dr. Pardo entertained and educated kids at the Kid’s Corner.

Another greIMG_1416at day at the AFM! Take a look at more photos.