SHIRLEY -- The long days of summer are here, and that means that sweet corn and tomatoes are about to be in season.
Shirley Center Farmer's Market Committee Chairman Jodie Rachman says to also keep an eye out for Shattuck Farm's sugar snap peas, summer squash, zucchini, leafy greens, beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets, eggplant, peppers, broccoli and kohlrabi.
The SCFM, now in its third season, will take place at 3 Parker Road on Shirley's Historic Town Common every Thursday night from 4 p.m. to dusk, July 10 through Sept. 25.
Other things to keep an eye out for:
Lemonade and iced tea: While you're checking out the fresh produce, sip on some fresh herbed lemonade or iced tea from Rachman's own Grovehouse Bakery, which will give you a free chocolate chip cookie when you mention this article, as long as supplies last.
Goat milk products: Little Acre Farm's Nigerian Dwarf goat milk is used to make bar soap, lotion, laundry detergent and lip balm to keep you feeling healthy and looking your best.
Even more entertainment: "This is going to be an exciting year at the Shirley Center Farmer's Market!" Rachman said. "Besides our wonderful vendors, we will have free live music, demonstrations and children's activities weekly.
"The children's activity on opening day, beginning at 4 p.m., will be 'Decorate a placemat and learn how to set a table.' We'll also have a weekly interactive puppet theater. In the event of rain, kids' activities will move into the Center Town Hall.
The 2014 SCFM free music series begins on July 10 with Cooper & Kenneally's folk, rock, country and blues, and continues the following week with Emilie Faucher & Friends' blues, jazz and folk.
For the complete list of musical guests and other activities at the SCFM, visit the Grovehouse Bakery booth or facebook.com/ShirleyCenterFarmersMarket.
Other vendors participating this year include Nissitissit Apiaries of Pepperell; Muddy Water Coffee Roasters of Acton; Glas Logan Family Farm of Ashby with fresh pork, lamb and goat; Zach Harrison of Groton selling handmade soaps; and Dan Carmel of Littleton with maple syrup and sugar products.
Also available will be sign-ups for no-cost energy assessments with Next Step Living, and Shirley souvenirs sold by the Shirley Historical Society.
The SCFM is brought to you by the Center Town Hall Committee and its promotional partner, The Bull Run Restaurant. All proceeds from vendor fees go directly toward the support of the SCFM and the preservation of the historic Center Town Hall.
For information on becoming a vendor, contact Rachman at 978-425-2112, or firstname.lastname@example.org.