Petersham Friday Market

friday market       It never rains on Fridays in Petersham.

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Click Below to Meet Some of the People Who Make this Market and Our Music Possible

Heywood Healthcare



Petersham Grange


Kiwi Meadows Farm

The Little Chicken Factory

New Salem Preserves

Niemi Apiary

Pick &  Shovel Farm

Rick Wilkey Produce

Roger Varnot Produce/Honey

Sam Sherer Wood Bowls

Coolidge Hill Farm

Sunset Valley Farm

Walnut Kitchen Homestead

Hartman's Herb Farm


Nancy Carruth
Bob Haywood Garlic
Peter and Grace West
Sheila Youd

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The 2018 Friday Market -- July 20


Mamma's Marmalade brings stringed instruments and a lively updated brand of bluegrass music to the Petersham Friday Market on July 20. The band joins vendors offering bushels of mid-summer fresh local produce and locally grown meats, tasty hand pies, elegant greeting cards, herbal health aids and local craft items from 3 to 6 p.m. on the town common.

Northampton, MA-based Mamma’s Marmalade transforms conventional bluegrass music into a raucous barnyard party that won't let you sit still. This five- piece string band fuses diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that bursts with energy and a pure joy for making music with.traditional instruments and sweet harmonies.Their music brings this established country genre to new and unexpected places.

Mamma’s Marmalade has been compared to John Hartford, the Newgrass Revival, Old and In the Way, and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. Over the years, members Lily Sexton (fiddle, vocals), Mitch Bordage (mandolin, vocals), Rich Hennessy (banjo, vocals), Curtis Bordage (bass) and Sean Davis (guitar, vocals) have retained the explorative and fun-loving spirit that drew them together in the first place. The band has supported The Lil’ Smokies, Jayme Stone, Twisted Pine, Bella’s Bartok, and Yarn.

Mamma’s Marmalade has appeared at FreshGrass, the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim and The Parlor Room. In June of 2017, they released their debut album “Goodbye, Black Velvet”, which The Valley Advocate called “...a burst of sunshine that makes dark clouds dissipate”. The band is currently working on a second album, to be released this summer.

At the Petersham Friday Market, more than a dozen local farm families offer organic and local produce, fresh corn, tomatoes, squash. lettuce  and other produce, started plants of many kinds, locally raised meat, chicken, local eggs, baked goods, home-baked dog cookies, local honey and  craft items. Selections and vendors can vary weekly.

Enjoy the music from park benches and register your e-mail address with the market co-ordinator for a chance to win “ten dollars worth of real good stuff.” Redeem the winning coupon at any vendor's stall after our 5 p.m. drawing.

The Petersham Friday Market and its weekly music program receive support from Town Meeting voters, the local Cultural Council, Heywood Healthcare, The Wild Geese Foundation, Petersham Grange 95, and from local donors. Sponsors include Emily Arnold, Berube Real Estate, Waterwheel Realty and Waterwheel Village. Donate $10 or more to receive a reusable Petersham Friday Market shopping bag.

For more information about joining the market as a vendor, becoming a sponsor or about the market in general, please contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662 ) or e-mail:

Each week, Friday Market performers present musical tributes to Willie Nelson, for his long career in music and for his work as founder and president of 
Cambridge-based Farm Aid. Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family 
farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land. Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system. 
For full-time farmers or backyard gardeners there is no charge to be a vendor, once or several times.

If you want to improve your soils, check in with Bill Corey of for vermiculture (very busy earthworms) compost. Mathilde Duffy's photo greeting cards are eye-catching. Lisa Ahlstrom's stained glass jewelry items make great presents.

Jared Duval from Coolidge Hill Farm and Rick Wilkey from Orange bring lots of fresh local produce. Sarah Bjorkland from Sunset Valley Farm has local beef, chicken, pork and eggs..Elissa Miller from Walnut Kitchen Homestead has local pork, lamb, goat and eggs. We'll have bird houses. Tracey Alden is back with hand-made wellness and body products. Sap Castle from Rutland was on hand with local maple products.

Dandelion Forest Permaculture Herb Farm offers herbal teas and tea accessories, fresh and dried culinary and medicinal herbs, potted herbs, herbal extracts, personal care products and other herbal products for healthy living. Garden produce when available. We grow without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The herbs in our products are from our farm or organic/wild-crafted from trusted suppliers.

donation for our "Get Fresh" re-usable shopping bags will help support 20 weeks of live music performances of all types. So remember "It Never Rains on Fridays in Petersham" and come on out!

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The Friday Market Manager Is Now ServSafe Certified

Our Board of Health agrees that this certification will allow us to provide oversight to vendors who might need to produce food items in a certified kitchen for sale at the market. There are at least four kitchens in Petersham that qualify. I have spoken with two of the four who tell me that their kitchens might be available as needed for a modest rental fee. I will contact the others as well.

Vendors of prepared foods must contact our Board of Health directly to make sure they meet all other rules and regulations. Feel free to spread the word to anyone who might be interested in producing breads, pastries or other food items to sell at the market in 2018. They can contact Roy (978-724-6662) to work out the details as we go.

The Friday Market delivers fresh-grown produce, honey and eggs from local vendors and promotes programs offered by Petersham Grange 95 and by local healthcare and social service agencies. The local Grange offers programs on bee-keeping, invasive species control and amending soils for maximum garden success throughout the year. The Grange also provides local agriculture scholarships to students.

Our weekly market provides an accessible place from which such groups can deliver information to the public.

At the Petersham Friday Market, more than a dozen local farm families and crafters offer organic produce, fresh corn and other produce, locally raised meat, chicken, local eggs, local honey, baked goods, home-baked dog cookies, herbal remedies, handmade soaps and other craft items. The menu of choices changes with the seasons.

The Friday Market offers its program of free music each Friday thanks to major support from Heywood Healthcare, the Wild Geese Foundation, Petersham Town Meeting voters, the Petersham Cultural Council, The Country Store, Waterwheel Realty, Buell Plowing, the Memorial Library, Petersham Grange, from Earthlands and from individual local donors.

The Friday Market is on the Petersham town common from 3 to 6 p.m. each Friday until mid October. For information, contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail:

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The Hip Swayers Return to the Petersham Friday Market Sept. 7
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After the Rain August 10

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Evan Goodrow Makes the Trek From Boston on August 24

evan goodrowIndependent Boston singer songwriter Evan Goodrow brings original songs to the bandstand Aug. 24.

Evan Goodrow is an American singer-songwriter-guitarist. Evan has released 11 studio albums and 3 live albums of soul, funk, blues, rock, and R&B. A Boston native, Goodrow got his start playing jazz guitar and singing acoustic folk in coffee houses in the early 2000’s.

Consistently an independent artist, he has a unique and diverse history that includes winning the Boston Blues Award, playing funk concerts for Marines on NATO bases in Europe and jamming with Jimmy Buffet in the Caribbean.  He’s played multiple shows with B.B. King and has sung for the Yardbirds.


Reggae on the Bandstand August 17
The Equalites get you going and your toes tapping with a musical shot of Reggae and rock from the Caribbean and beyond.

The Equalites are a staple in the Pioneer Valley entertainment scene. The band has been performing in the region for more than 25 years.

In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for going on five years with a sound that moves people to dance and more. With four-part harmonies and excellent songwriting, sizziling guitar work, deep percussion, and a deep pocket of bass n drums… this is truly ‘a great band with killer reggae groove’. The music is at once reggae, roots music, blue beat, has jazz sensibilities, and much more. Original compositions are performed in unforgettable fashion, and the covers they play of classic reggae and soul music have the Equalites unique stamp on them that make them sound like fresh goodness.

The band is lead by David Boatwright, on lead vocals and guitar. Dave was a founding member of Loose Caboose and has played guitar and vocals in many other groups, he has released original music with the Equalites and is a true one of a kind musician. Some of his songs include “she makes a riddim”. “make a difference”, and “one summer night”. His melodies resonate deep with his voice, as do his unparalleled guitar snarl. 


ear of cornThe organizers, vendors and fans of the Petersham Friday Market want to thank Petersham Town Meeting voters for approving a donation in support of the market's 2017 music program. There will be 20 weeks of live music from the bandstand during market hours on Friday afternoons again this summer.

weekly market has become a community event presenting fresh local food from area farm families, offering a regular opportunity to sit awhile and enjoy visiting with the neighbors and featuring live music in a wide range of styles. The town common is accessible and welcoming to all.


Josh Levangie and the Pistoleros Bring Outlaw Rock on July 27

The Friday Market on the Petersham Common at 3 p.m. July 27 with the signature sounds of Josh 
Levangie and the Pistoleros -- Pioneer Valley outlaw rockers who evoke Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and 
Merle Haggard songs.

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Chuck and Mud  the Friday Market July 6 -- With Walter

The Friday Market returns to the Petersham Common July 6 with Worcester's iconic folk duo,  Chuck and Mud and Walter Crockett on the Bandstand. Chuck & Mud have been playing folk music, Americana and original songs in the Worcester area for 38 years.

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Each weekly musical performance will feature at least one Willie Nelson song, a tip of our hat and our
tribute to Willie Nelson for his years of work with Cambridge-based
to support small farms and farmers nationwide.

“We started out to save the family farmer. Now it looks like the family farmer is going to save us.” — Willie Nelson


The Petersham Friday Market receives welcome support from Heywood Healthcare, The Wild Geese Foundation in Waltham, from voters at the 2017 Petersham Town Meeting, the Petersham Cultural Council, Petersham Grange 95, The Country Store, Waterwheel Realty,  and  from local donors like you. All proceeds go directly to pay the musicians who perform at our market.

The Petersham Friday Market opened for the seasons on June 8, 2018 with vendors offering fresh local produce, local eggs, garden plants and flowers, baked goods, hand-crafted soaps and more.  During the summer, we present music on the bandstand ranging from acoustic folk to Zydeco. Social service and health care organizations are welcome to join us as well. Athol Hospital is scheduled to offer blood pressure screening.

The music schedule features a wide range of musical styles.  In 2017, they ranged from the Barrett Anderson Band, the Reprobate Blues Band, The Hip Swayers, The Equalites, Chuck and Mud, the Green Sisters, Josh Levangie and the Pistoleros, The Waters Edge and more.

Market vendors vary each week and include  The Little Chicken Factory (mobile coops), Bob Hayward's Local Garlic,  Pick and Shovel Farm (plants and produce), Coolidge Farm Walnut Kitchen Homestead (produce, meat and other items), Rick Wilkey from Orange (fresh Valley produce). Sunset Valley Farm, preserves and syrups from New Salem Orchards, plants and herbs from Hartman's Herb Farm, Tracey's Traditionals (herbal remedies) and more.

The Friday Market is on the Petersham common from 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and does not charge vendor fees. For information, contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail:

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It is easy to support Music at the Friday Market.

With your PayPal Account you can e-mail a contribution in any amount to:

Your donation will be confirmed by PayPal and will will come from Roy Nilson. You can also send a contribution to The Friday Market at P.O. Box 854 in Petersham.

All proceeds go to the musicians who play at the Friday Market each week.

NOTE: If you would prefer to make a tax deductible contribution, we can tell you how to do that - it's easy. Send us an E-mail. We will get right back to you.





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