ADAMS -- The first farmers market in town in roughly five years drew in dozens of attendees and received praise from vendors Sunday.
Seven vendors took part in the pilot event, which was held at the Adams Visitors Center on Hoosac Street.
"For this market, I understocked myself," said Kim Martin, of Elmartin Farm in Cheshire. "I usually ramp up for [the Pittsfield Farmers Market], when I bring a lot of everything. For this one, I'm almost sold out."
Martin said he and his brother Shawn are the eighth generation running the farm. The farm raises 100 percent grass-fed angus beef and range-fed pork, and sells it at its store at 594 Windsor Road and at farmers markets around Western Massachusetts.
"We're looking to finish 30 steers and 50 pigs this year, and 80 steers and 100 pigs next year," he said.
Martin said the market serves an important purpose.
"It's good to get locally grown, hormone free, antibiotic free, all natural food out to consumers," Martin said. "Our biggest challenge is changing the mindset for consumers who go to big-box stores."
The market was organized by the town's Agricultural Commission and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC).
"We hope to build upon this weekend's turnout," Commission Member and organizer Gary Alibozek told the Transcript on Friday.
Another vendor pleased with the event was Joe Galok, of Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain, located on Spring Street in Adams. Galok demonstrated a natural charcoal grill to attendees and also laid out a variety of barbecue instruments, sauces and spices.
"I think a few more farmers is what we need," he said about the market. "But you've got to have a first day."
Mike Marche and Maryellen Roy, of Lanesborough, were serving grinders with pulled pork or chicken at their food cart. They also handed out samples of homemade sauces.
The farmers market allows them to sell their food, but also serves another purpose. Both explained they like to partner with local vendors for things they sell on their cart. Marche said he had requested a wholesale buyers list from Elmartin Farm, with the intent to purchase pork from them.
"We want to stay local," Roy said. "We don't want to put each other out of business by going to the big stores."
Other vendors included RCS Crafts of Dalton, which had a variety of handmade soaps; homemade jams by Emma Morin, of North Adams; and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, which provided information about energy audits to North Adams and Adams residents.
According to Transcript archives, the last farmers market held in Adams was in 2005.
"I think Adams is really embracing the concept of having a farmers market back," Martin said.
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