Hundreds Turn Out To Meet Their Local Farmers

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Agriculture & Farming

Steve Wright of Chatham Shellfish greets a large crowd at the farmers' gathering in Harwich on Saturday.  WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

HARWICH — The annual Meet Your Local Farmers event held last weekend at the community center was a big success with an estimated 700 people attending.

“We were thrilled at the variety of the exhibitors and the excitement they generated,” said Michael Lach, executive director of Harwich Conservation Trust, an event sponsor. “It's a great way to introduce people to the farmers around the Cape.”

It is an opportunity to meet and greet local farmers and have the chance to ask questions and get tips and techniques as the growing season approaches. The event also provides a way to learn about the diversity of local agriculture and participate in consumer-sponsored agriculture by purchasing shares in the produce grown at local farms.

“It's a great partnership between the public and local farmers, being able to harvest fresh produce and other products on a weekly basis from June to October,” Lach said.

The Harwich Conservation Trust's co-sponsor for the event was the Cape and Islands Farm Bureau. Lach said about 50 vendors and 700 people were in attendance. The vendors said they had an overwhelmingly positive response, Lach said.

This was the ninth year of the event and Lach said both sponsors are looking forward to the 10th year.