Due to the weak economy, local farmers anticipate a larger turnout at this year’s farmers markets, held across the region from late spring through October.

Due to the weak economy, local farmers anticipate a larger turnout at this year’s farmers markets, held across the region from late spring through October.


Darlene Anastas, chairman of the Middleboro Agricultural Commission, which sponsors that town’s market, told Middleboro selectmen last week farmers markets across the country also have seen an increase in attendance due to the recession.


Michael Nash, manager of Middleboro’s farmers market, agreed. He said that as household budgets tighten, people have become more interested in growing their own vegetables. He encouraged people to participate in the farmers market and bring their produce to sell.


Anastas said his farmers market saw a jump in attendance two years ago when it relocated from the Pratt Farm to Town Hall.


Along with produce, the open-air market sells plants, meat, baked goods, jams and jellies, soaps and a variety of hand-crafted items, including jewelry, quilts, paintings and candles.


Those interested in selling their goods at the Middleboro market may call Anastas at 617-686-2332. The fee is $10 a day for a table, which covers the cost of insurance. To date, 16 vendors have registered for the market.


Farmers markets are also held in Easton, Brockton, Taunton, Carver and Plymouth.


Farmers markets follow guidelines set by the state Department of Agriculture and must include items from local vendors, Anastas said.