Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Parking & The Salem Farmers' Market

The Salem Farmers' Market has been WILDLY successful. The farmers have served nearly 20,000 happy customers on Thursdays this summer. We are real localvores, because Nearly 1700 people came out on a rainy Thursday for their fresh tomatoes, monkey bread, and lettuce (among other things!).

Since the Farmers' Market is so popular, I would like to take a moment to mention parking in Salem. We have plenty of parking in Salem. Loads of spaces.

Click here for a downtown parking map.

The Farmers' Market is on Front Street at Old Town Hall. While there are two lots adjacent to the market, the lot at Riley Plaza (in front of the Post Office) and the garages (Museum Place and South Harbor) are 2 minute walks - okay, maybe 3 minutes - from the Market.

More than 100 downtown businesses are staying open late on Thursdays, so if you park at the South Harbor Garage, you may feel the pull into Cornerstone Books or Rouge Cosmetics on your way back to the car. If you park at the Museum Place garage, you may find yourself stopping at Rockafellas for a bite, or browsing clothing and accessories at Signatures. Either way, the shops at Front Street are all open, too, so grab an ice cream or check out just how hip you could be at J.Mode.

I'm lucky - I get to walk past the Market en route from my office to the garage. But, if I were going to drive into Salem for the Farmers' Market, I'd probably drive straight for the Museum Place garage. I know I'll get a spot quickly, and the time it takes to walk from the garage to the market would be easily spent circling impatiently for a spot in the Front Street lot next to Artist's Row.

Thanks to Salem Main Streets and its incredible Farmers' Market committee for making the Farmers Market not only a reality, but an incredibly successful one!

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