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GROTON — The Williams Barn Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Friday, July 7, at Williams Barn. Last year, an average of 11 vendors and approximately 100 to 125 customers participated each Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The market welcomes products grown in the Groton area such as vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, fruit and berries, as well as food products made or processed in Groton with local ingredients such as honey, eggs, maple syrup, cheese, jams and jellies. All local farmers and producers are invited to attend. There is no charge for participation.

This year, the market has been certified by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and its vendors are eligible to accept WIC coupons and elder coupons.

As a new feature for 2006, the market will also offer programs and demonstrations as well as children’s activities. Schedules for these events will be available at the market. Programs at the barn are supported by a grant from the Peter E. Bertozzi Trust of Groton.

The town has a long, rich history of agriculture, which the Williams Barn Committee has worked to preserve through the restoration of the Barn and silo, and its mission of using the restored barn for the benefit of the community. Tours of the barn and walks on the surrounding trails are encouraged during the market.

For information call (978) 448-1192 or e-mail williamsbarn@charter.net. The barn is located at 160 Chicopee Row, and the market is open through Oct. 6.

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