This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
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Farmer’s Market

September 14th, 2011

I won’t bother with how unhappy I’ve been with living in Framingham the past few months.  Never mind the town-wide construction and traffic, or the creepy “spiritual church” that moved in next door and makes all sorts of noise outside after their session lets out at 11pm, or the small businesses that have closed up, sad neglected plazas or… a number of other things.  Instead, I’ll just say that the one bright spot of my work week is the Farmer’s Market, Thursday’s at the common.
Is it cheap? No.  In fact I’ve refused to pay the prices some of the vendors charge.
But the variety of vendors has improved and I like checking it out every week to see who is there.
One of the things I look forward to is the fresh custom-made lemonade:

You can get it with lemons, limes, raspberries, peaches and whatever else they have to offer that day. You can also choose from sugar, agave or stevia as a sweetener.  This is my “creation” I brought back to the office:
There’s always the baked goods guy that has great stuff:

There’s always the painter down at the end which mixes up the offerings at the market:

I’ve only seen Whoopie Monster once but they’re scheduled to be there tomorrow.

They make these cute little whoopie pies in a variety of flavors:

Some of the other vendors sell seafood, fresh pasta, meat and of course fruits and vegetables.
I saw this guy a couple of weeks ago and it made my day:

For more information about the market you can check out this link:


  1. Although the farmer’s market looks fantastic, I’ll admit it, I’m extremely intrigued by this “spiritual church” – what the heck is that?

    Comment by Gary September 15, 2011 @ 6:59 am

  2. I don’t even know. All I know is that they’re not courteous to the neighborhood as far as noise, they drive through our driveway to get to the parking lot of their “church” (vacant medical office space) and that they come out wearing robes and seem to keep kids up past their bedtime (unless the kids normally go to bed at 11pm on a weeknight). Oh and their “leader” wears a sash of some type and smokes cigarettes.
    They also bring in lots of bottled water before “worship”.

    Comment by michelle September 15, 2011 @ 7:30 am

  3. Sounds like the makings of a fantastic Steven King novel… sorry you’ve got to put up with that!

    Comment by Gary September 15, 2011 @ 8:41 am

  4. I too love the farmer’s market and agree the prices can be high..but with that said I LOVE buying fish that was just bought that same morning from the fish lady and the selection of asian vegetables is fantastic. I also purchased a small oil painting from the artist at the end of the row, where else can you find such variety? The lemon aid stand is also the highlight of our week. Thank you Hanson Farms!!

    Comment by eLeN September 15, 2011 @ 11:51 am

  5. Wait until TJX leaves…there will be more empty buildings in Framingham than any other surrounding town. Their lease is running out soon and they’ll be off to Cambridge. The business taxes here are among the worst.

    Comment by Frammy September 16, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  6. Terry gets the Freshest Fish I have ever had! Even blows away Legal Seafoods!

    Comment by paul September 16, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  7. Michelle, I feel your pain on the downside of living here. The traffic has become near impossible to avoid and is clearly getting worse on Rt. 9. You have a window from about 10am to 11:30am to avoid traffic delays. Anytime after that, forget it. I don’t even bother going downtown anymore. Not at any time. Total mess any time of the day. It’s discouraging. No vision with regard to the abandoned shopping plazas either. Depressing.

    Comment by Chris September 16, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

  8. Thanks for the posting Michelle. The Farmers Market, overall, is a gem in the rough, and you’ve been great at highlighting the Town’s best offerings.
    I can relate to your disappointment (and perhaps waning hope?) in the direction the town has been heading. I’ve watched and experienced it for more than 20 years now.
    I’ve certainly learned a lot about people, life, diversity, how to make the most out what you have, etc., but, brutally honestly, if I had to do it over again, I might have chosen a different ‘burb to call home.

    Comment by Matt September 19, 2011 @ 10:12 am

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