Why mess with success? The success that is the Marblehead Farmers' Market.
It opens Saturday, June 15, and runs each Saturday through Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to noon.
On a good summer day, 1,300 to 1,400 people mosey through the market, selecting a tomato here, lettuce there.
They stroll from one side to the other and back, adding pink, yellow and white flowers, a pastry, a squash, and a half-dozen ears of corn to their bags.
In between stops they chat up friends and neighbors, pat dogs and gab with vendors. They squint at the sun. Feel its rays. Smell vegetables and earth.
Baby carriage rollers rub the pavement. Strumming and singing sound from the far corner.
Oh, and turning back, before leaving, they buy the homemade bread that makes a meal with butter.
It works. So why change it?
Besides, says the market manager, Don Morgan: "We’ve got all the same farms, eleven of them, and I don't have any more room. The vendor spots and parking lot are full."
The farmers and food vendors keep coming back and people buy from them, he said.
So suffice it to say, there is little change over last year in this the 17th year of the market, he said.
One change is a new baker, Lauren Suszczewicz.
She has breads and rolls and buns and brownies and bars. through season craft vendors
The market cycles through different craft vendors.
"While you might need a tomoato and a head lettuce every week, you don't need jewelry, soap or T-shirts every week," says Don.
For more about the Farmers' Market visit their website.
Every Saturday June 15 – November 23
Location: Marblehead Veterans Middle School
217 Pleasant Street -- enter from Vine St.
Time: 9AM - Noon