The Foxboro Farmers Market is proving to be a growing success, for both organizers and patrons.
The Common recently played host to vendors including Scout & Cellar, Broke Girl Beauty, Blue Door Bakery, Zeigler’s Market Garden, The Fudge Lady, Poofy Organics, B. Food, My Sweet Caroline, Honey Bee Products of the Hive, and Anawan Farms.
And there was also the Animal Craze Traveling Petting Zoo, sponsored by Patriot Place, which gave youngsters, and the not-so-young, a chance to touch baby animals.
“We are really excited to come and check it out,” said Foxboro resident Kristen Tummeltshammer as she shopped for radishes and carrots at Zeigler’s.
She was accompanied by her sons, Finn, 5; Rhys, 3; and her husband, Clemens.
“Everyone has been really friendly and there is a lot of variety,” she said, noting it was her family’s first visit to the Thursday market. “They have farm animals for the kids and that makes it a very family-friendly event.”
Sarah Visnick and Zach Zeigler explained to visitors to their stand that their farm in Norfolk is organic and uses sustainable growing methods.
“It’s going well,” said Visnick. “We love being here in Foxboro, meeting new people right outside of Norfolk. It’s great to be a part of.”
Rita Calio of Foxboro said she was drawn to the market by the baby animals.
“This is really nice,” she said as she shopped at shopping at B. Food, a bakery in Milford. “I can’t wait for more vegetables to come out, but the fresh food here looks really good. Can’t wait to try it.”
B. Food co-owner Daniel Bourget learned about the market online, reached out to the organizer and signed up.
“It’s great. We are really enjoying it. Lots of great people, great atmosphere,” he said.
For Melyssa Scott of Foxboro, senior director and founding independent wine consultant at Scout & Cellar, it was her second year at the market, and she likes the casual, family-friendly vibe and local products.
“Each week there are child-friendly activities such as crafts, a petting zoo, etc. followed by a concert sponsored by the Jaycees. It is a wonderfully local event that is sure to bring a smile to all that visit,” Scott said.
Maggie Chalifoux of Animal Craze traveled about 75 miles from Winchendon to be at the market, with baby animals accompanying her. It was her first time participating.
“It was very lovely,” she said. “It’s adorable. All these animals had a great time and I hope kids did, too. My favorite animal has to be pigs. They have the biggest personality and usually the friendliest.”
Drew Everson, 6, of Foxboro, was having fun petting a mini-potbelly piglet.
He said it was his first time petting a pig and liked its softness.
His mother, Lauren Everson, said she loves the market.
“I think it’s a great addition to the town and I love the new vendors that they always incorporate. I want them to keep it going,” she said.
“It’s going great. It’s awesome to see the vendors, people, and families from our town up here. It couldn’t be better, “ said Recreation Department Director Debbie Giardino.
Recreation Coordinator Renee Tocci said market features more vendors this year.
“We have up to 15 vendors signed up. Not everyone can come at the same time but it’s definitely bigger than last year,” she said.