We're just a few weeks away from the season's first farmers market in downtown Quincy.
The market is a Saturday morning staple of downtown from May through October. This year's six-month stay at Washington Park kicks off May 5.
"It's a great tradition, it's been going for more than 30 years," said Bruce Guthrie, executive director of the District, the organization that promotes downtown Quincy.
Farmers markets are offered from 7 a.m. to noon, with an average of about 15 vendors each Saturday morning.
"We'll see as many as 30 different vendors during the season," Guthrie said.
Quincy Medical Group is the principal sponsor of the market and focuses much of its emphasis on various projects and attractions for kids.
"QMG has been a wonderful addition to the market," Guthrie said. Guthrie said last year an average of 40 to 80 children took part in farmers market activities each weekend.
"The farmers market is also another way for people to experience downtown Quincy -- the architecture, walking around the area, enjoying the kids' activities and, of course, all of the fresh farm-to-market products," Guthrie said.
Vendors or others seeking more information about the farmers market can visit thedistrictquincy.com or call 217-228-8696.
What others are saying
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The top five
The world's busiest airports, according to CNN:
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia), 104 million passengers.
2. Beijing Capital International Airport (China), 96 million.
3. Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates), 88 million.
4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport (Japan), 85 million.
5. Los Angeles International Airport (California), 84.6 million.
Words of wisdom
º Bronze medal: "Beware of any enterprise requiring new clothes." – Henry Thoreau, American essayist, poet, philosopher and historian.
º Silver medal: "Business is a combination of war and sport." – Andre Maurois, French author.
º Gold medal: "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." – Vidal Sassoon, famed hairstylist, businessman and philanthropist.