Hudson Farmers Market opens this weekend

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Hudson Farmers Market will open for its eighth season on June 7. Market officials said the season promises to be the best yet.

"We're planning an exciting season," said Michelle Lazor, board president. "This year, the market will be open for an extra two weeks."

The season runs from June 7 to Oct. 11, with extended hours on the weekend of Aug. 23, when Art on the Green will be taking place. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., each Saturday morning. On Aug. 23, the market will remain open until 1:30 p.m.

Market visitors can expect more of everything, including more music, more cooking demonstrations and more activities this season. New vendors will include producers of granola, dog treats and soap and body care products. Also new this year will be a cooking contest in which amateur cooks shop the market and prepare a dish to impress the judges. Details of the contest are being worked out and will be announced later.

The market also will continue to feature special days, such as Kids Day in July and Bike Day in August. Local nonprofit organizations are currently being registered for Community Day on June 28 and health conscious folks are being sought for Wellness Day in August. On Community Day, organizations are invited to set up a booth at the market free-of-charge and share information about their mission and activities. To register an organization, email the market manager.

On Aug. 23, the market will celebrate the tomato and its versatility at its annual Tomato Festival. The highlight of the day will be a tomato judging contest in which vendors and home gardeners vie for bragging rights for the best tomato. The market will wrap up with the annual Fall Festival on Oct. 11. The market's schedule of events is available on its website.

For more information about Hudson Farmers Market, visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.org. Keep up-to-date on market events during the season by joining Hudson Farmers Market on Facebook. Contact the market manager by email at ahylton@hudsonfarmersmarket.org.

Photo Caption: Judges Catherine St. John, Liz Murphy and John Altomare sample entries during the Tomato Festival last year at Hudson Farmers Market.

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