Business has been booming in Melrose! Our vibrant business districts are one of the things people point to as making Melrose special, but we have to support them to keep our community diverse and desirable. August is always a slow time, so I want to encourage you to do some shopping in our local stores—or stop into one of our fine restaurants when it’s too hot to cook. We have just added 19 new public parking spaces in the Larrabee lot (behind Hugo’s and the VFW) and reallocated 13 more in the City Hall lot for merchants and customers, making a total of 32 more merchant and customer parking spots in the downtown area. Whether you’re shopping and dining downtown or in one of our neighborhood business districts, please support local businesses and keep your dollars in Melrose!
Melrose/Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market (SFFM) will celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week and kickoff its Friends Campaign on Thursday, August 10th, 2-7pm. Melrose has a wonderful market that features 4 sustainable farms from Massachusetts, selling fresh fruits and vegetables. The market also features local artisans, restaurants/bakeries, and live music. SFFM has a real community feel. To ensure ALL residents have access to fresh, healthy foods, SFFM matches SNAP up to $10 and has a farm that is accepting further matching through the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). For shoppers not carrying cash, you can use your credit card at the Market Table to receive “market bucks”; no cash, no problem.
Give to the market in various ways: volunteer, donate, shop! Join me for a free slice of cake at 4pm, created and donated by local business Sweet Spot Bakery, connect with several local elected officials, and do extra good with other Non-profits this week – The Collar Club-collecting blankets, sheets, and towels for the MSPCA, and MelroseBYOB (bring your own bag) will be at the market to talk about their initiative to help Melrose use fewer single-use plastic and paper bags, and switch to reusable shopping bags. The market is located at Bowden Park on W. Emerson at the Cedar Park train station. SFFM encourages market goers to walk/ride bikes, limited parking is available at the Cedar Park Commuter Lot, Trinity Church parking lot, and neighboring streets.
Every spring, a cooperative effort between the City of Melrose, the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, the Melrose business and civic communities, and individual Melrose residents brings beautiful hanging geraniums in baskets to adorn the Victorian lamp posts on Main Street, West Wyoming Street, West Emerson Street, Franklin Street and Essex Street. The flowers are up and your help is needed to keep this growing tradition alive!
These plants have become symbols of the vibrancy of our city and are lasting reminders of the continued generosity of and commitment from our business community, civic and community leaders, and also residents. Additionally, thanks to the careful maintenance from the City of Melrose, the hanging baskets enhance the business districts from the spring until late fall.
We hope you will consider donating to this initiative so that Main Street, Cedar Park, West Wyoming Street, the Highlands, and Essex Street can bloom all summer long and into the fall. A contribution of $75 will purchase one basket, but you can sponsor as many baskets as you wish. All gifts make a difference to the landscape of Melrose and to our thriving neighborhood business districts.
If you can contribute to this growing tradition, please make a check payable to the City of Melrose/Flower Baskets and mail it to Joan Cassidy, 61 Clifton Park, Melrose, MA, 02176. Please mail your gift as soon as possible so our business districts can continue to bloom during the city’s spring and summer celebrations. For additional information contact the Melrose Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or 781-665-3033.
Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is entering its 23rd year, connecting farmers, handmade food producers, artisans, nonprofits and local businesses, entertainers, and educational groups to the Melrose community. The market runs every Thursday from June 8th to October 26th, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., then 2 p.m.-6 p.m. beginning September 14th. This year in addition to Dick’s Market Garden, market goers will find more fresh produce from two new farms, Moonlight Farm and Kelly’s Family Farm. Each week the market will feature fresh, local produce, fresh fish, fine meats, poultry, eggs, maple syrup, honey, granola, and yogurt. Shoppers will also be able to purchase locally produced dips, spreads, sweet and savory preserves, baked goods, teas, salts, soaps, and creative gifts from local artisans.
The family-friendly market has an average of 600 to 800 visitors per week. The market also matches SNAP up to $10 and an extra $5 for using Senior Farmers Market Coupons. Each market features live music from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. and a cooking demonstration from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The market also holds fun, family events such as, Curious Creatures, Ask a Master Gardener, Bike Day and Yoga in the Park. Young visitors are invited to join Club Sprouts, where they answer a clue of the day, taste the featured fruit or vegetable and earn a stamp in their Club Sprouts passport. Five stamps earns a prize.
The market is held outdoors in Bowden Park at the junction of W. Emerson, and Vinton Streets, adjacent to the Cedar Park Commuter Rail stop. Walking, strolling, and biking is encouraged. Parking available around the park.
For further information or to volunteer, visit Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market at https://melrosefarmersmarket.org
About SFFM: The mission of the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market, a non-profit organization, is to provide all Melrose-area residents with the opportunity to buy and learn about nutritious, locally grown and produced foods. The Market promotes local farms, organizations and businesses and builds community while contributing to a sustainable future. The SFFM manages a weekly summer market at Bowden Park.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day is Saturday June 10th.
We will be hosting a Knit in Public gathering in Bowden Park in Melrose (across from Lucky Cat Yarns, bordered by Vinton St/West Emerson St/Cedar Park). There will be giveaways, goodies and experienced knitters happy to give advice from 11am-2pm, but feel free to come any time while we are open (right across the street) from 10am to 4pm!
Come bring your WIP, or favorite skeins from your stash and we will help you to find a pattern to work up. If you have a friend who has always wanted to learn to knit but hasn’t taken the plunge, bring them along! We are happy to provide impromptu free lessons to get everyone going.
Grab a blanket or a chair, your sunscreen, your lunch, and of course, your knitting! We look forward to seeing you there.
Carbs, Fats and Proteins Oh My!
So much misinformation. What works for weight loss? What is important in athletic performance?
Date: Tuesday, May 9th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Memorial Hall
Open to ALL ages
Admission is FREE
Presenter Jenine Wright:
Jenine Wright has her Masters in Exercise Physiology and is a Nutrition Educator. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Jenine has worked with a diverse population including high school, college, professional athletes and has trained at the Olympic center in Lake Placid.
It’s finally time to get outside, get active, get moving, and have fun with Healthy Melrose’s lineup of family friendly events at the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Fair. Healthy & Sustainable Melrose has become the premier Health and Wellness fair in eastern Massachusetts. Last year, we saw over 2,500 attendees, and we anticipate a similar crowd on May 13th.
The 9th Annual Healthy Melrose Family Fitness & Wellness Fair is back Saturday, May 13th at Melrose High School athletic complex from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be over 50 vendors on hand to provide information on health and wellness, as well as food trucks, over 10,000 free food samples, free tote bags, and free activities for everyone from toddlers to adults.
There are several new classes and attractions this year, along with the return of some community favorites, so please take a look below:
SPINNING® & FUSION
11:45am-12:15pm | 12:15pm-12:45pm
Multiple stations set up on the field including Spin®, IndoRow®, and other cardio and strength training in a series of short circuits. Taught by the highly qualified team at fit life Melrose
Transform your morning into serenity!
Start the fair with tranquility & wellbeing with our favorite BARRE & SOUL instructors! (byom) bring your own mat
Zumba® is BACK!
Get your groove on! Dance with friends or make some new grooves to your own beat! Our favorite past ZUMBA® Instructors are joining us from fit life Melrose!
End the fair strengthening your muscles with an introductory mat pilates class from the talented staff from our local WellBarre Studio
Drive Green Electric Vehicle Test Drive
Get behind the wheel of the new Chevy Bolt or a Sonata Plug-In Hybrid. Mirak Chevrolet and Hyundai will have an all-electric Bolt and a plug-in hybrid Sonata available to test drive as part of Mass Energy’s Drive Green program which offers discounts on the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles
PARTICIPATE IN A KARATE DOJO CLASS
4-5 years old 10:00 – 10:30 9-12 years old 11:45 – 12:30
6-8 years old 10:45 – 11:30 Teens & Adults 12:45 – 1:30
While not required, we do strongly encourage people to sign up in advance for free classes. Please click below and all Healthy Melrose free events are listed on the calendar for May 13th.
Equally important to having fun is learning about health, wellness, and your environment. The fair will feature 50 vendors offering materials and services to help you live a healthier life.
The fair also features Sustainable Melrose which is a group of civic minded organizations coming together to raise awareness of and support for our shared community responsibilities in environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic prosperity over the long term. In collaboration with the Healthy Melrose organizers and the city, Sustainable Melrose will be taking steps to make the fair a “zero waste” and “zero carbon” event.
In addition to the electric vehicle test drives, our awesome Sustainable Melrose vendors will have great interactive demonstrations.
For a complete list of vendors, food trucks, food samples, and activities, please visit the Healthy Melrose website.