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MARBLEHEAD – MAY 2009 – The Marblehead Rotary Club welcomed Don Morgan of the Marblehead Farmer’s Market at their Thursday afternoon meeting on May 21st at the Boston Yacht Club. Don announced the opening day of the Farmer’s Market, Saturday, June 13th, and he discussed the importance of buying local and supporting our local farms.

About the Farmer’s Market: Mission Statement

Reminiscent of the market days of our forebears, our goal is to provide: A community building event. An opportunity for residents to improve their nutritional intake. Support for local farmers to help them avoid selling their fields for development and to keep a viable local food source.

What is a Farmers’ Market?

A Farmers’ Market is an adventure. There are always interesting and unexpected items. It is also an education – you will undoubtedly learn something about varieties of produce, what grows well, when, under what conditions, and how to select, store and prepare them. Farmers love questions! Please ask – it’s part of the fun. We have a combination of organic and conventional farms represented. Also there are educational booths, entertainment, chef demonstrations, and craft vendors.

The basics

Come early. We open at 9am. Our market closes precisely at noon so our vendors can get home to their families. Bring cash and your own bags.

Regular Vendors:

6 farms selling a variety of locally grown produce and flowers.

7 specialty farms selling herbs, a variety of meats, Asian veggies, and cheeses.

7 farms/vendors selling homemade prepared foods (muffins, scones, pies, breads, jams & jellies, pickles, prepared meals, etc.)

3 tents hosting a rotating group of about 2 dozen craft vendors selling home made items such as pottery, fine art, hand bags, dog biscuits, jewelry, etc.

Friends of Abbot Library selling used books at “can’t say no” prices.

And at least two each week:

Chefs from local restaurants

Musicians and other entertainers

Exhibits by local groups interested in the environment, town departments and other local not-for-profit groups

Additional information including schedule of events/participants, participation information, and volunteer opportunities, call Don Morgan at: (781) 631-1243, email:

Or call Gene Jacobi at: (781) 631-0446, or email:

For additional information and facts, please visit:

About Marblehead Rotary Club:

The Marblehead Rotary Club meets each Thursday at 12:15 at the Boston Yacht Club. For additional information about our activities, membership and volunteer opportunities, please contact President Catherine Brown at 781-631-0466 or visit:

What Marblehead Rotary does for our Community and Beyond:

Marblehead Rotary Club Fundraisers, including our Great Race, are vehicles for our Club to raise much needed funds for the following causes:


· Scholarships and Camperships.  Our Club donated thousands of dollars each year.

· Sponsoring the Interact Club at the High School (Marblehead Rotary and the Interact Club have purchased wheelchairs and sponsor a literacy program with the Village School)

· Marblehead Rotary Club places and lights the Lighthouse at holidays including 4th of July and Christmas.

· Our Club, along with sponsoring businesses, fund and maintain the traffic island beautification program in Marblehead.

· We have placed a plaque at Hammond Park and fund its maintenance.

· We work with and assist the Marblehead Council on Aging


· Sponsor Polio plus-eradication of Polio in the world

· Support Clean Water project in Honduras

· Support Teachers’ Salary program for school in So. Sudan

The overall mission of Rotary International is to serve their community and those in need throughout the world.