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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Rogers Local Food Market to Open in May in Downtown Rogers

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The 2022 Downtown farmer’s market, the Rogers Local Food Market, will open on Saturday, May 7th, at Frisco Plaza in Railyard Park. The market will be open each Saturday, May through October, weather permitting, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

"We are excited for another season of the farmers market in Frisco Plaza. The market is one of many draws to downtown. We look forward to this years market utilizing the well-designed space of Railyard Park and offering quality, locally sourced options to the community.”

- Rogers Mayor Greg Hines

The Rogers Local Food Market is committed to improving the viability of small local farms, expanding the sourcing of local ingredients for food crafters, and promoting sustainable and ecologically conscious handmade crafts and art. Product diversity is a priority. The market will feature a variety of local growers, bakers, makers and crafters.  

“Last summer saw downtown Rogers come alive in spite of the pandemic, and the farmers market was a big part of that. This year, as we return to a sense of normal, as people are itching to get outside and be with friends and neighbors, and with new vendors and an incredibly talented and experienced management team, were all pretty excited to see how big it will be. More and more people are starting to realize what Rogers has to offer. Its just a very comfortable and welcoming place, thats active and vibrant.”

- John McCurdy, Director of Community Development - City of Rogers

The location on Walnut St. and 1st St. continues to be a prime location for vendors to benefit from the visibility and foot traffic of being in the heart of downtown. 

Interested vendors can view market guidelines and apply to participate in the market at rogerslocalfoodmarket.com.

Live music, food tastings, and even children’s programming are all in the plans for this season to continue growing the excitement that the market brings each year. The 2022 market will also accept SNAP benefits.

“There is so much to experience in downtown and we are excited to be a part of it.  I would encourage people visiting downtown to not just come to the market, visit local businesses as well.  Don’t just come to the businesses and restaurants, visit the market and the playground.  Come back to the stage later for Railyard Live.  I really want the Rogers Local Food Market to add to the growing vibrancy of downtown.”

- Shelly Smith, Market Manager - Rogers Local Food Market

The City of Rogers Arts and Culture Department has contracted with Rogers Local Food Market and Market Manager Shelly Smith to operate the downtown farmer’s market this year.  Shelly brings over a decade of experience as a market manager, farmer and in food related non-profit programming.  

“Shelly brings a professionalism that our growing town deserves. She comes to us with extensive experience in organizing, marketing, and advocating for markets in New Hampshire and across New England.”
           - Fran Free, Food & Wellness Program Coordinator - City of Rogers

The farmer’s market is always a key component of downtown, welcoming in the warmer months and fresh local produce.  The Rogers Local Food Market web page rogerslocalfoodmarket.com includes charts to know what produce is in season, a map of vendors and ways for non-profits and businesses to partner.  These tools help plan a visit and add to the community.

“The Rogers Local Food Market is an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the downtown farmers market. Supporting our local farmers market also supports our local food creators, artisans and crafters, as well as a variety of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Its good for our local economy. Everything youll find at the new market is grown, raised, crafted or produced by the people selling it. The markets location is in the heart of our revitalized downtown, Frisco Plaza, an ideal location for both residents and visitors to gather and enjoy our citys amenities.”

- Raymond Burns, CEO - Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

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