AUBURN, Mass. - Did you know Auburn has its very own farmer's market right here in town?
Bob Samek offers a wide variety of locally grown vegetables at his farmer stand located at Auburn Library parking lot on Route 12. Residents are encouraged to browse a wide variety of items including tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, peppers, cabbage and broccoli, all shipped in from his 35-acre farm in West Brookfield.
For decades, the family-owned farm has offered fresh grown vegetables to residents all over Central Massachusetts including Auburn, Worcester, Southbridge and Oxford.
"It was a dairy farm when I was a kid, but we switched to a vegetable garden when I was about ten years old," Samek said.
Samek also sells his produce at the Worcester Farmer's Market five days a week, but claims his stand in Auburn is definitely the busiest spot.
"Sometimes, we have people lined up across the library parking lot," he said. "The biggest seller is corn. We sell about 100 to 150 dozen each week." According to Samek, 75 percent of his customers are Auburn residents.
"We have a lot of regulars," he said.
Samek encourages residents to purchase local vegetables rather than produce shipped in to supermarkets from distant locations.
"It's fresh, people know where it is coming from and it's not sitting around in a store," he said.
In the fall, the market will transition to cooler crops such as winter squash, pumpkins, silver queen corn and shell beans. The Auburn Farmer's Market stand is open every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the end of October.