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Dog Days of Summer Come to the Ashland Farmers’ Market

There’s something for everyone – and your dog – at the Ashland Farmers Market, located on the “green” diagonally across the street from the library. Every Saturday, the market holds special activities for kids at the Kid’s Corner, 9:30 to 10:30 am, and features live music on the Old North Music Stage, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
August 2: It’s Dog Day! Bring your four-legged friend to the market and check out the special services, events and treats just for them. Registration starts at 10:00 am at the shed for the 10:45 am Dog Parade and Dog Tricks Competition. All dogs must be crowd friendly, on leash, and well behaved to participate. Judges will award ribbons in two categories: small dogs 40 pounds or less, and large dogs over 40 pounds. For non-canine-loving customers, come early and shop before 10:00 am.
Wanda Bridges of Canine Magic Grooming in Ashland will provide bandanas and feathers to perk up parading dogs. Photographer Patrick Rogers will be everywhere capturing the best moments between dogs and their owners. Certified canine massage therapist Susan Alden will be offering massages for dogs only. Best Friends Pet Care of Ashland will bring their fun prize wheel. All nail trim proceeds from Best Friends will go to BayPath Humane Society, which will be at the Community Table. AFM Premier Sponsor Ashland Animal Hospital’s Josh Robschaw, veterinarian technician, will talk about how to handle your pet in an emergency, such as a flood or fire.
Healthy special treats will be sold by Liz Wilsker of Playful Pups Dog Treats, Britanny Cibotti of Gizzy Goodies, and Casey VanderValk, who will have blueberry dog treats.
At the Kids Corner, kids can make a doggie craft. Hear Jesse Hanson and Friends perform At the Old North Music Stage.
August 9: Members of the Pawl family of Ashland will show how their pet Nigerian dwarf goats, 1 ½ year old twins Peanut and Butter, enjoy a comfortable life in the suburbs. Did you know goats love to eat poison ivy? You’ll find the twins at the Kids Corner.
Ashland High graduate Taylor Carson is featured at the Old North Music Stage. The Open Space Committee will be at the Community Table. Ashland potter and instructor Deb Griffin will demonstrate how she makes functional, lovingly hand-crafted pottery.
August 16: Kids Corner participants will create an art project with Ashland art teacher Suzie Meeker. At the Community Table, the Ashland Garden Club will offer their favorite recipes in a bound cookbook. Center Music House will showcase at the Old North Music Stage. Bring your dull knives, garden tools and scissors for sharpening with Patti of On the Edge Knife Sharpening, who comes to Ashland only once a month on the third Saturday of the month.
August 23: Collage master Tobi Hoffman will guide Kids Corner participants to create their own collages. West End Aces with Tom Hanson will entertain at the Old North Music Stage. Backstage Dance Studio students will perform excerpts from Alice in Wonderland at 11:15 pm. Ashland Medical Reserve Corps will be at the Community Table.
August 30: Enjoy our first Lobster and Corn Fest! The Carve will turn freshly caught lobsters brought by Jordan Brothers Seafood into delicious, easy-to-eat lobster rolls. Sunshine Farm’s just-picked sweet corn bounty will be cooked and served at the market.
Listen to the jazzy arrangements of Four on the Floor at Old North Music Stage. Ashland Cultural Council will be at the Community Table. Backstage Dance Studio will provide activities at the Kid’s Corner.
Each Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, shop 25-plus tents of local farmers, bakers, specialty food makers and artisans. Join a fun, family destination in downtown Ashland through October 11, rain or shine. Use additional parking at the town hall lot. SNAP customers can take advantage of up to $20 per person SNAP match. For more information on vendors and to subscribe to the weekly eblasts of specials, visit

by By Cynthia Whitty