celebrate local agriculture in September with its annual farmers market and an
elaborate dinner party.
First up is Ag Day, the annual farmers market, which will take over Concord Center Saturday, Sept. 7. A week later, a Stone Soup Dinner, featuring produce and foods donated by local farms and businesses, will be served Sunday, Sept. 15.
Now in its seventh year, Ag Day is an annual farmers market festival sponsored by Concord’s Agricultural Committee that offers locals and visitors a chance to meet local farmers and shop for fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers at the height of the growing season.
Participating vendors traditionally include local farms, like Kenney Farm, Verrill Farm, Hutchins Farm, First Root Farm, Peet and Jen’s Backyard Birds, the Concord Land Conservation Trust and more.
Ag Day will be held on the Milldam from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. It’s free to go, but there’s always plenty to buy.
Like Ag Day, Stone Soup brings together many of Concord’s agricultural and food establishments.
Started in 2008 when Jim Wayman, a local farmer and former Ag Committee member, was inspired by a small Italian town’s real world application of the Stone Soup children’s book.
It started with local residents seated around long tables under a tent in the Buttrick Garden at Minute Man National Historical Park. The tables were top with meals prepared by local chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms.
Now in its sixth year, the Stone Soup Dinner will be held at Verill Farm for the second straight year. The tables will be set on Sunday, Sept. 15; arrive at 4 p.m. for drinks and apps, with dinner served at 5 p.m.
Tickets $45, and on sale at the Concord Cheese Shop, Verrill Farm and Debra’s Natural Gourmet. As in the past, the farms and food establishment donate their produce and food, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to support young farmers.