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Is the Dewey Square Farmers' Market usually this small?

Unfoodie Nov 9, 2011 10:04 AM

I drove by this farmers' market yesterday and noticed that only a small handful of vendors had setup shop. It looked like Occupy Bostink had taken most of the space designated for the vendors.

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    mvi Nov 9, 2011 04:09 PM

    Yes, they plan on being here with limited hours through December. Sadly, most of them report that their sales are between 50 and 80 % off from the same time last year. The folks who run the market feel that the significant dip in sales is due to Occupy Boston. It's been tough for them.

    I go to all of the local farmers markets in Boston and Cambridge but have stepped up my connections with this one due to the challenges they all face. Plus some of my favorite people are here, selling just about everything we need. The Occupy Boston people are not using the space that the farmers market has been designated, however they are right next door. They could not get any closer. It's not easy for the farmers and vendors, many of whom lost power, water and heat for over a week due to that bizarre storm. Some of them gave up shaving, doing dishes and showering during that time, yet they still showed up to sell their freshly harvested veggies.

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      stomachofsteel Nov 9, 2011 10:48 AM

      If I'm not mistaken, there are also more vendors on Thursdays than on Tuesdays.

      1. Unfoodie Nov 9, 2011 10:42 AM

        Thanks for the replies. I was hoping this was the case as I was surprised to even see the market up and running this late into the year.

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          mkfisher Nov 9, 2011 10:18 AM

          Occupy Boston is on the grass area. The farmers market just uses the concrete part of Dewey Square. That being said, the number of vendors has decreased since the weather turned a little colder.

          1. Allstonian Nov 9, 2011 10:17 AM

            It's the second week of November. Dewey Square is planning to stick it out into December this year, but in general the Boston farmer's markets call it a season either at the end of October or by Thanksgiving. Even in the markets that do continue running into November, many vendors drop out by the end of October.

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