Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market to Host Three Pop-Up Indoor Markets

The Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is offering three pop-up indoor markets throughout the winter in various locations around Melrose. The first market will take place on February 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the clubhouse at Windsor at Oak Grove, 12 Island Hill Ave, Melrose.

As always, the market will offer a wonderful array of local winter produce, sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and cheese, fresh fish, pasta, preserves, teas, spice blends, wine, and a delicious assortment of fresh baked goods. A selection of artisan vendors offering soaps, herbal products, hand crafted jewelry and more will also be attending, featured again in our “Artisan Loft.”

Here are the vendors we expect on February 11: Aaronap Cellars, Brooklyn James, Castle Corner Creations, City Compost, EPOCA, Foxboro Cheese, Greek Girl Soap, Jitter’s Cafe, Kim Gregory Pure Pastry, La Qchara, Laszlo Family Farm, Mr. Tamale, Muddy River Herbals, Oakdale Farm, Roberto’s Seafood, Sasquatch Woodworks, Seven Hills Pasta, Shady Pine Farm, Sweet as JAM Design, and The Bread Shop.

The March 24th market, which will run from 1-4pm, is held in the gymnasium at the Melrose Family YMCA and will feature similar vendors and more, plus live music from a local favorite, The Bohemians.

As part of the Healthy Melrose Family Wellness & Fitness event’s 10th anniversary on May 12, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the farmers’ market is organizing a mini-pop up market where you can pick up your sustainable produce, meats, fish and more in addition to participating in a day of wellness, health, fitness and nutrition.

The market accepts SNAP and HIP benefits. For the indoor market, SNAP match up to $5 is generously funded by Melrose Bank. In addition, all vendors will be accepting credit cards and cash, so no need to purchase Market Bucks at the Market Table. The vendors will however honor Market Bucks as cash if you have them leftover from the summer market.

The venues for our indoor pop up farmers’ markets have been generously given in-kind by the Windsor at Oak Grove, the Melrose Family YMCA, and the Healthy Melrose Family Wellness & Fitness Event. Please thank them for their generous donations.

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Shop at Buckalew’s and Help the Emergency Fund!

Buckalew’s will partner with the Melrose Emergency Fund this holiday season. As we begin our 4th year here in Melrose, we want to give back to the community that has been so generous to us. As a resident in Melrose for over 10 years, I know that we live in a growing and thriving city, but there are still many in our community who need help. The Emergency Fund does just that – it directly helps our neighbors and provides them with basic needs, such as food, fuel, and utilities.

We will donate a percentage of the proceeds earned between Dec 16th – Dec 31st to the Melrose Emergency Fund. We will also have a donation bucket at the counter to collect any additional contributions from our customers.

As a reminder, if you can’t make it down to the store, you can still donate to the Melrose Emergency Fund: Send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St. Melrose MA 02176 or bring your donation directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call 781-979-4440.

Local Business Spotlight: Everlasting Fitness

Melrose resident, amateur boxer and personal trainer Rebecca LeSaffre is thrilled to announce the opening of Everlasting Fitness on Montvale Ave in Stoneham. Located in Montvale Plaza between Rt. 93 and Main Street, Everlasting Fitness will offer a variety of fitness classes, state-of-the-art equipment, nutrition counseling, a dedicated boxing area, plus flexible space for running sprints, pulling sleds and hammering tires.

“We are excited to open our new location of Everlasting Fitness and help clients achieve their health and wellness goals. We welcome everyone at all levels of fitness regardless of their age or condition,” said Rebecca DiNitto LeSaffre, owner of Everlasting Fitness.

Everlasting Fitness will be offering a variety of classes in this larger space, including: Boot Camp, Boxing, Warrior Workout™ (a self-paced class that combines endurance, strength, speed and mobility exercises), B.L.A.S.T™ (a combination of boxing and strength training), and LIFTTM (a focus on strength training, customized to a client’s individual goals). One-on-one personal training and nutrition sessions are also available upon request.

New clients looking to jumpstart a fitness regime or change their existing one, will receive their first class for free. For more information and a schedule of classes, visit their website at or email

Shop Local: Keep Melrose Strong

By Mayor Robert J. Dolan and Lauren Grymek, Executive Director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce

Melrose may be one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, but it’s still a place where you can walk into a store and the owner will greet you by name, where the staff at your favorite coffee place knows how you like your coffee, and where business owners go the extra mile for their customers.

One of the best things about Melrose is that it isn’t just a place where people live, it’s a place where people work and shop. Whether you need a birthday cake, a holiday outfit, or a new web design, you can get it here. And that’s why it’s important that you patronize local businesses, for large purchases and small.

That’s getting easier to do: Over the past several years we have seen many new businesses open and thrive in our community. We have made improvements to our business districts, including Melrose Highlands and Cedar Park, and added parking in the central downtown lot, to make it easier than ever before to dine, shop, and do business in Melrose.

Having strong business districts means we can get much of what we need close to home, from groceries to specialty goods. And there’s more to it than mere convenience: Our local businesses not only provide us with necessary goods and services, they also support our community organizations, such as the Melrose Symphony and the Melrose Public Schools, by displaying flyers, selling tickets, donating raffle items, and sponsoring events. Our businesses are an essential part of the fabric of this community.

In order for this to continue in the future, we must support our local businesses as they support us. That means keeping it local. When we choose to dine in Melrose, when we choose to buy our holiday gifts in Melrose, we are choosing to keep our city vibrant. Our business districts thrive because you shop there.

Do you shop local? If not, please do so this holiday season—and all year round. Go to a local business, introduce yourself, and buy something, or treat yourself to a meal in one of our excellent restaurants. You will be greeted with a smile, excellent service, and a quality product—and at the same time, you will be making your community stronger.
Have a great holiday season, Melrose! We all have much to be thankful for.