Market features bakery, veggies

Staff writer

The cucumbers were large, the potatoes were small, and N.M. Patton of Peabody hoped he did not have to pack them back into his truck at the end of last week’s farmers’ market in Marion’s Central Park.

“Sometimes we have lots of people and sometimes, like last week, we have hardly anyone,” he said.

Patton is trying to get out word about the market.

“We have one lady who makes delicious baked goods and jams,” he said. “We’re about the only two who are here every week.”

Patton thinks attracting more vendors would attract more customers.

“There are definitely people who could sell things here, but don’t know they can,” he said.

The market is open 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday during the summer. Patton anticipates selling until Labor Day or after because a cold spell delayed his garden in April.

Patton has been a regular at the market for three years. He also sells at farmers’ markets in Peabody and Florence.

“I was selling sweet corn in front of my house, but since retiring I’ve grown more things and tried to sell more,” he said.

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