TEWKSBURY – The Tewksbury Community Market is off to a terrific start, welcoming over 30 vendors each week to the Livingston Street recreation area at 288 Livingston St. The market was previously held at Tewksbury Library but has moved to the cobbled area to provide more parking and less mud if weather is a factor.
“Customers were delighted that we were able to open despite the forecast which – Thursday morning – indicated a 90% chance of rain between 4 and 7 p.m. In the end, I think we only had a solar shower of 60 seconds,” said Robert Hayes. , co-manager of the market. “Our location on Livingston Street – being mostly on the sidewalk in the parking lot behind the recreation center – allows us to be a market rain or shine, something we haven’t been in the past.”
Market managers Hayes and Alexandra Lowder have worked hard to select vendors who offer a variety of food and craft items, featuring vendors from Tewksbury as well as many vendors from surrounding communities. This year’s market includes several new vendors such as Danny’s Cheese Bread and Meta Microgreens, as well as many returning vendors such as Lowell’s Purple Carrot Bread Company and North Billerica’s Polish Prince Pierogi.
Alaina Brackett of Purple Carrot said: “This is one of the best weekday markets in the region.
Purple Carrot has a bakery and restaurant on Merrimack Street in Lowell and has been a vendor in Tewksbury for over four years.
The Community Market will run every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. until September 29, 2022. The market has several categories of vendors, including farms such as Gaouette Farms and Tewksbury Community Garden, food trucks such as What the Fork and Birds Nest Italian Street Food, dessert food trucks such as The Whoopie Wagon and Cupcake City, candy vendors such as KRM Chocolates and Sweets Bakery, beverage vendors such as Aaronap Cellars and The Stand: Shaken Not Stirred Lemonade , artisans such as Frank’s Innovative Bird Creations and artisans like KC Styles.
The market also makes space each week for community groups to raise awareness, such as the Billerica Cat Care Coalition or the Tewksbury Open Space Committee.
“This is a great opportunity for our community nonprofits to reach additional audiences by offering them a table at the market,” said Hayes, also Community Services Librarian at Tewksbury Public Library.
Most vendors accept both cash and credit. Pleasant Valley Gardens Farm also accepts WIC, SNAP, EBT coupons, and all Federal and State Farmers Markets, a great way for families to get fresh produce and locally produced groceries.
The Tewksbury Community Market is organized by the Tewksbury Public Library, in cooperation with several city departments, including the Community Development Department, the Health Department and the City Manager’s Office.
A question on the market? Contact Alex Lowder, Community/Economic Development Planner, at 978-640-4370 ext. 248 or [email protected] and Community Outreach Librarian Robert Hayes at 978-640-4490 ext. 205 or [email protected].