Farms are an important part of the Valley's history and should be an important part of its future. Farmers markets at historic sites are a great way to educate people about history, offer an interesting experience, and encourage us to eat locally produced food which is good for our health as well as the environment and the local economy. It's a great way to protect our working landscapes, too. And it's another great example of how partnerships are key to the success of preserving the heritage of this Valley.

Jan Reitsma, Executive Director, John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor Commission


Farmers Market at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum
Saturdays Summer 2010  8 AM - 1 PM  

Hosted by the Douglas Historical Society outside the historic E.N. Jenckes Store Museum, this market is filled with fresh produce from Whittier Farms, locally grown greens from Stone's Throw CSA, specialty bread from The Daily Bread Bakery Cafe, perennials and vegetable plants and lots more!

We have summer squash and zucchini from Whittier Farms, strawberries from Silvermine Farm,  baked goods and summer squash and zucchini from Whittier Farms, vegetable plants from Lazy Acres and perennial flowers from Windy Acres Farm. Our friends at Sweet Birch Farm are supplying locally grown greens and we've got  fresh eggs from One Whispering Pine. Our specialty breads arrive still warm from The Daily Bread Bakery Café and Sweet Zukes has jellies, jams and relish! Come by and say hello to the docents and volunteers of the Douglas Historical Society too!

The E.N. Jenckes Store Museum is located at 283 Main Street (Rt. 16) in Douglas. 



grafton gazeboGrafton Farmers Market on the Common
A Common setting, uncommonly fresh

Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
July 8 - October 21, 2010


Each and every week local vendors and farmers will bring their fresh vegetables, fruit, plants, and baked goods. Expect lots of great produce, including plenty of fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, beans, peas, beets, garlic, and blueberries. Despite all the June rain, the fields are doing great at our three wonderful local farms - Houlden Farms of Grafton, Nourse Farm of Westboro, and Silvermine Sutton. We will also have beautiful flowers and plants from Mapel Plants on Brigham Hill and Sweetbriar Nurseries.  Paul's Center Bakery Millbury will round things out with delicious artisan breads, focaccia, and other baked delicacies.  Each week different nonprofit groups will be featured in our nonprofit tent sponsored by Gaudette Insurance.Please join us for the event, and mark off your calendar for every Thursday during the growing season! For more information, visit our website at



Daniels Farmstead at Southwick Hill, Blackstone - Map

DFM shoppingThe farmers market offers fresh local produce -- like the tomatoes at the left -- that are grown right across the street! Crow Feathers offers herbal soaps and lotions and primitive furniture; Trolley Crossing Farms has vegetables, flowers, fruit and natural (USDA inspected) lamb; VanderValk Farm has blueberries, raspberries and daylilies; End Cuts offers post-mill, reclaimed wooden items including cutting boards, trivets, wine bottle holders and trellises; and Irene Carpenter has fabric and crochet items.
Local eggs, honey, jams, jellies and maple syrup will also be on hand along with breads and fruit pies from The Daily Bread Bakery. The grill is open or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery!

For more information about this market, contact Gail McDaniels at 781-710-4942 or e-mail her at

Daniels Farm is located at 286 Mendon Street in Blackstone


The Daniels Farmstead dates back to the 1700's and its mission is to preserve the Daniels Farm's historical and cultural heritage as a museum for the enjoyment of the general public. Our vision is to enrich the neighboring communities and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor through historical, cultural, and environmental interpretive and educational programs.

Farmers Market at Alternatives' Historic Whitin Mill Plaza

Sundays, August 1 - September 19
12:00 - 3:00 PM

A unique blend of history and open air markets offering local fresh produce, flowers, food, arts, crafts, demonstrations, and more! Alternatives' Heritage Market will feature the following artists, vendors, entertainment, and demonstrations.

Pam Murphy,
The Artist Palette
Kathy Olson
Cynthia Rielley
Amanda Bosch
Daily Bread Cafe
Cristi Collari
Deb Fate-Mental

For more information about our Heritage Market Festivals, visit our website


All markets are looking for local growers, vendors with homemade products, artists, crafters, people who offer educational demonstrations and others.  Please email Lisa Mosczynski at with any questions or comments.

Why Heritage Markets?
The Blackstone Valley is rich in historic sites and we are always challenged to find a way to bring people together to share these treasures. Over the past several months, those interested in preserving our agricultural lands as well as our cultural landscapes realized that placing farmers markets at some of our historic sites could be successful in achieving this goal.

A steering committee was formed that guides the BVHM and a coordinator was hired to oversee the network and to provide support for each site. Coordinator Beckley Alley Gaudette works with them to analyze their needs and assists with market management, development of vending pools, development of cooperative management issues frameworks (operating procedures and bylaws), facilitation of market programming, and coordination of collaborative promotion (including development of web and other outreach resources).

We look forward to seeing you!



The Blackstone Valley Heritage Markets Steering Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission for funding to hire a coordinator; Alternatives for meeting space; Valley CAST! for coordination; Ellen Onorato for web site development; the Volunteers-in-Parks program and CorridorKeepers for assistance with this newsletter.



To explore other Blackstone Valley Farmers Markets, or to obtain other resources, click on any of the links below:

Burrillville, RI   Farmers Market
Pawtucket, RI   Farmers Market
Woonsocket, RI   Farmers Market
Worcester, MA   Farmers Market
Other Agricultural and Market Resources
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 
Farm Fresh Rhode Island
New England Farmways