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Regulars and vendors navigate new farmer’s market venue

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WESTFORD – Just in time for the summer season, the Westford Farmers Market has returned with a new location, the Roudenbush Community Center. 

Previously held at the Town Common, parking could serve as a challenge to both shoppers and vendors at the Farmers Market. The Roudenbush Center not only provides wider parking, but also offers nearby restrooms, wastebaskets, and on-site management. A playground is also provided for the children, creating a more family-friendly environment.

Additionally, the Roudenbush Community Center’s facilities allow the market to move indoors on days with inclement weather — as opposed to canceling the event. 

Whether they were a regular attendee or a first-time vendor, many people found the new location to be suitable.

Natural soy candles from Lavender Gardens. (Photo/Melanie Duronio)

“As a customer at the old location, [the Town Common] was nice but I prefer this area because it’s much larger and there’s room for everybody to spread out,” said Dorothy Distler, a longtime shopper, now a vendor for Lavender Gardens.

Locals Kristen Ellis and Amanda Graham are business partners who run Dear Pilgrim, a botanical company that sells plant-based soaps, wreaths, and décor. They both felt it solved some problems from when they were at the Town Center.

“There was no designated parking at the center. I felt like if people didn’t get a spot right around the triangle then they would leave […] I think people weren’t sure exactly where to go. Which made it harder for all the vendors,” Ellis told WestfordCAT in an interview. 

Graham also praised the move to the Roudenbush Community Center. 

“I love the location. I think it’s so much easier for the children and strollers, and there are so many new people coming through,” Graham told WestfordCAT. 

The market will be held at the Roudenbush Community Center on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The market will close for the season on Aug. 30. 

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