By Carol Meyer
More than 600 enthusiastic shoppers turned out for the long-awaited return of the popular walk-in Hingham Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago -- a scaled-back version due to COVID-19, but still as vibrant as ever.
The market is open every Saturday -- rain or shine -- from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Thanksgiving. Even when there are lines to get in -- working around the capacity limit -- patrons wait patiently, happy that the walk-in version is again in place.
Wearing face masks and respecting social distancing guidelines, customers take great pleasure in all the fresh produce, fruit, poultry, beef, fish, lobsters, eggs, plants, cheese, bakery, jams and jellies, and soup surrounding them.
After starting with a drive-through model that required pre-ordering earlier in the season due to COVID-19, the HFM recently gained town board approvals to start-up the walk-in market again. From market organizers and managers, to Friends of the HFM, to other volunteers,
“We’re all here because we love the market and want everyone to share a positive experience," said HFM President Mark Cullings.
The Friends of the Hingham Farmers Market SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) has been reactivated, with The Fruit Center Marketplace continuing as SNAP matching partner. This means that the HFM can continue to supplement its SNAP customers’ purchases up to $15 per week when they buy fruit, produce, fish, eggs, chicken, beef, bread, and other qualifying food products at the market.
The best way to learn about what’s happening -- including how the walk-through market will operate and what customers should know before they arrive -- is to subscribe to the HFM’s newsletter -- "HFMarket Matters" --by going to the market’s website: www.hinghamfarmersmarket.org and opening the “Market News” link under the “About Us” tab.