Nature’s Bounty: Lenox farmers market opens in dramatic setting

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By Thursday, May 15 Environment, News

Lenox — The Lenox Farmers Market opens this Friday, May 16, on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. It joins the Great Barrington and Pittsfield markets in providing its clientele with freshly grown and made food and products. The Lenox Market is open from 1:00 – 5:00 every Friday through the end of October.

Lenox Farmers Market shoppers can enjoy buying from 22 vendors selling cheese, pizza, bread and baked goods, soup, cut flowers, and the holy trinity of farmers markets goods: fruits, vegetables, and meat. There’s even vendors selling hard cider and wine.

Rose Levine, a veteran market manager, oversees the Lenox market. A dog lover, she welcomes dogs to the market and has organized a dog show for children in autumn, where prizes are given for categories such as longest hair, shortest ear, and other unique canine attributes. Throughout the season, she has planned special events, such as a fruit pie tasting in July, and a blessing of dogs by a local clergyman.

Having the market on Shakespeare & Company’s grounds is quite different from the more typical environment of parking lots. In addition to the luxury of its lush lawn, the theatre’s actors often perform Shakespearean sketches, such as the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” on picnic tables.

Rose emphasizes how much there is to eat right on the spot, making the market an ideal lunch spot. And not to worry about the weather for Rose says, “It never rains on market days.” Good-oh.


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Ruth Verones, 90, of Alford

Tuesday, Nov 21 - Ruth married her beloved husband, John (Sonny) Verones, in 1950 and they raised their family on a dairy farm on Alford Road.