The Easthampton Farmers’ Market was created as a way to sell fresh vegetables and fruits to the community, but it also brings farmers and makers from all over the Pioneer Valley and Western Massachusetts to Easthampton!
We are a farm-focused market, meaning that our goal is that all vendors at the market will grow, raise, produce, or create their products themselves, or they will provide unique products that represent other local farmers.
Our mission statement: The Easthampton Farmers Market promotes regional agriculture to ensure a continuing supply of fresh, local produce in Easthampton. Our main purpose is to support farmers and preserve farmland for future generations by providing regional, small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables, and other farm products. Another goal is to provide a weekly, seasonal community gathering space that centers around agriculture, fresh food, and sustainability. This market also seeks to assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity, by working with local organizations and by seeking out produce vendors who accept SNAP and HIP.
Our market operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, functioning as an independent and self-sufficient entity. Currently, our operations are overseen by a dedicated Board of Directors, responsible for managing the nonprofits activities and ensuring the alignment with our market’s mission statement. Furthermore, we’ve established a Market Steering Committee, comprised of vendors and volunteers from the Easthampton community. This committee plays a pivotal role in guiding market procedures and selecting, seasonal vendors. To ensure a smooth weekly operation of the market, we’ve hired a Market Manager who receives compensation and is tasked with executing directives from both the board and the committee.
Our market is currently HIP approved and is able to assist SNAP recipients with HIP benefits. Additionally, as annual funding permits, our market has a SNAP-Matching program where we match $10 of a recipient’s SNAP funds each week!