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Roslindale farmers' market returns to Adams Park tomorrow

Revamped Adams Park

New benches, paths, grass at revamped park.

The fences came down a few days ago, but the formal re-opening of Adams Park in Roslindale Square is tomorrow at 9 a.m., with a re-dedication ceremony. A ribbon will, of course, be cut.

The farmers' market, which had been held up at the commuter-rail station, will re-open in the park tomorrow as well. It will then run through Nov. 22.

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Do you know if that black guy from the south shore still sells his sauces? He has some amazing shit, like pineapple peach hot sauce.

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I can't wait to complain about the new layout!

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It's too bad we could not have left the farmer market at the Commuter Rail lot. While I am not for keeping folks out of the park to keep it pristine; having the crowds of the farmers market there seems counter intuitive to all the landscaping that has been done.

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It's not any more convenient and has less busy street crossings to get there.

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But yeah, the parking lot was about as perfect a layout as one can get. Parking (for vendors) was better and closer. Of course, the one downside is that with Saturday service restored, the T will probably want their parking back.

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was better.

I agree with you, parking lot > Adams park.

How about havin music at the park and the market at the parking lot?

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I get that the farmers market is tough on the landscaping, but I feel like the entertainment really suffered at the commuter rail lot. When the market is at Adams Park my family often walks down, buys a snack from a vendor, and sits on the grass to enjoy the music - and the farmers market gets some great bands. We hang out with friends, get to know neighbors, and often spend quite a bit of the morning there. We probably buy a little more than we otherwise would since we stretch out our visit so much, too. I'm hopeful that the new layout will be even more conducive to enjoying the entertainment. At the commuter rail lot we just walk through, buy our produce and that's it. I guess it comes down to what kind of market you want. For me, the commuter rail lot was OK, but didn't really support the same community element that Adams Park does.

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The MBTA lot is a bit off the beaten path, and on sunny days is uncomfortably hot. Locating the market right in the heart of the square really livens up the area, with added benefits for the brick and mortar vendors who depend on foot traffic.

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Dandelions loses business to the farmers market, Bob's Pita probably also loses business to the farmers market. Tony's and Fornax have stands usually but that's not getting them any more traffic. Most of the vendors there are out of town businesses.

I'm not against the farmers market, but I've never been convinced it's actually better for the bricks and mortar folks.

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If you want some more information about this, Roslindale Village Main Streets has published an economic impact analysis for the farmers market.

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Actually, we usually include a stop at Bob's Pita as part of our shopping run when the market is in Adams Park but not when it's at the commuter rail.

Like the other poster, we hang out a lot longer when it's in the park but can't get out quick enough from the commuter rail lot. The farmers we know have noted the same thing and couldn't wait to get back to the park.

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It depends on the point of the market. My opinion can be discounted, since if I am thinking farmers' market, I think Copley Square. My beef with the Roslindale one is that it is basically MacArthur Farm, which seems to be a great operation, a few smaller farmstands, some prepared items from places like Tony's and Fornax, and a lot of non-food vendors.

If the point of the market is to be a weekly community gathering, Adams Park is the best place. But even though I only wandered into the market a few times this season (the little one wanted to wander a lot more, and even though the trains weren't running, his dash for the rails worried me), I got the impression that food and other things were a bit segregated, which felt to me that there was more actual farm items. It had that feel I get in town, which just seemed right to me.

That said, I did keep on my same routine this year as years past with a little change (more trips to Fallon Field.) I stroll through the vendors, realizing there was nothing there for me, then off to Diane's for some sweet, sweet snacks.

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