ADAMS - The town will host its first farmers market in roughly five years this weekend with plans of continuing on Sundays through September.
Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Adams Visitors Center parking lot, organizers strategically timed the event to catch the after church and Sunday stroll crowds.
They said Friday that this weekend represents their pilot event, and the goal, pun intended, is growth.
"We hope to build upon this weekend's turnout," said Gary Alibozek, a member of the town's Agricultural Commission, who was integral in organizing the event.
Residents can expect to find locally-raiseded, grass-fed meats, produce, homemade jellies and jams, soaps, crafts, housewares, plants and more at the market.
Members of the Agricultural Commission were joined by Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) in plotting out the revival.
Alibozek said NBCC's "organizational skills," experience with other farmers markets and community outreach proved a big help.
NBCC also suggested the marketplace be turned into more of a "destination."
"Each week as it goes on we plan on having events," Alibozek said, mentioning live music and magic acts as definites.
"We're formatting our farmers market after one in the eastern part of the state that gave a presentation at our agricultural conference last year," Alibozek said. "It was very uplifting."
Amanda Chilson, Project Coordinator of state exercise and health initiative Mass in Motion for NBCC, said public input will influence the market's style over the course of the summer.
"We're really looking for the community to participate: Who would you like to see there in the future? What sorts of foods and entertainment?" she said.
Chilson said Elmartin Farm of Cheshire, Emma Morin - a jelly and jam maker - and Sunshine Bagels of North Adams, among other vendors, will be there.
One reason for the recent absence of a town farmers market in the historically agricultural community was lack of liability insurance, Chilson said.
Strong support from the town and its officials helped resolve the issue this year, she added.
"The location in the center of Adams really provides a great spot for the market," Chilson said. "Come join us, provide feedback ... participate in a local food movement that's having a lot of success in Northern Berkshire."