BOSTON- Friday, May 10, 2013--The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's annual Farmer's Market Program will begin next Friday, May 17, 2013. MassDOT would like to invite local farmers to take advantage of free space to sell their home grown produce and made-in-Massachusetts products at its 18 Service Plazas. Eleven plazas are located along the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) and seven others along various Massachusetts highways.

On the May 17, farmers will kick of the season at the Charlton Eastbound and Westbound Service Plazas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Farmer's Market Program is popular not only with the thousands of visitors that travel Massachusetts highways, but with the farmers as well. MassDOT offers our Massachusetts farmers a unique opportunity to sell and market their wonderful locally grown products. Letters have been sent to more than 100 Massachusetts farmers inviting them to sell their goods and produce.

Vending space is made available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Massachusetts Turnpike Service Plazas located in Lee, Blandford, Ludlow, Charlton, Westborough, Framingham and Natick. Space is also available at seven MassDOT locations in Newton, Lexington and Beverly along Route 128/I-95. Other locations include Bridgewater (north & southbound) on Route 24, Plymouth (Route 3), and Barnstable (Route 6). Farmers may sell their goods as long as they do not compete with the businesses that operate within the service plazas.

MassDOT also assists in setting up the outdoor markets and provides on-the-road promotion of the Market on its highway message boards.

Local farmers who want more information are asked to contact program coordinator Dave Fenton at dave.fenton@state.ma.us or at 413-572-3171.

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