Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New hours coming for Atherton Market

The Atherton Market at Atherton Mills, near Tremont Avenue on South Boulevard, has turned into a thriving urban market with local food producers. The only trouble is trying to remember the darn hours: Is it Tuesday mornings/Wednesday afternoons? Wednesday mornings/Tuesday afternoons? And what time does it open on Saturdays?

Manager Lynn Caldwell has heard your cries for relief. Starting Aug. 7, the market will be open five days a week: That's 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Some of the vendors, such as Monk's Coffee, Cardais Gourmet and the Simply Local stand, which carries artisan food and dairy products from all over the state, will be there every day. Others may have things stored on site or will choose when to be there.

It's too soon what the busiest days will turn out to be. "At this juncture, we'd just like to see what the ebb and flow will be -- when people want to shop," says Caldwell. She's setting it up so she can expand hours if needed down the road. And these hours will continue through the winter.

If you haven't been by, stop in and see what's happening. You have more chances to do that now.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those hours are considered an improvement? Why not cast the net a little wider than the unemployed hipster and stay at home wife demographics? I mean 9am-2pm?

Kathleen Purvis said...

Remember that the farmers and food producers also have to have time to grow it or make it. My understanding from Lynn Caldwell is that she will continue to expand the hours based on how people use the market, but she's trying to accommodate both producers and shoppers.

Anonymous said...

Lots and lots of people work hours other than 9-5. Shocking, I know. I love that they're expanding the hours, Atherton is a wonderful market, worth making an effort to get there.

Anonymous said...

Love Atherton Market. Usually hit it on Saturdays after the trip to the Farmers Market on Yorkmont. The produce is better here and Monk's coffee is better than Starbucks or Caribou and it's roasted locally.