Hyannis Youth and Community Center to host weekly farmers' market this summer

Wednesday weekly farmers' market to begin June 9th

The Town of Barnstable Recreation Division announced today that the new Hyannis Youth & Community Center will host the Mid Cape Farmers Market this summer each Wednesday from 8am – 1pm starting on June 9 and continuing through September 1.  Booths will be set up in the parking lot by dozens of local farmers to sell their fresh produce and product to visitors and local citizens.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to promote our local economy during the busy summer season and to continue to use the community center as a resource for the citizens of Barnstable who are our biggest supporters,” said David Curley, Division Manager of the Town of Barnstable Recreation Division which owns and operates the 105,000 sq. ft. facility.  The vendors at the Mid Cape Farmers Market will be able to take advantage of the busy foot traffic at the HYCC this summer, where beach stickers are sold; summer registrations for aquatics programs and other activities are taken; and the youth center will offer daily programs, public skating and hockey /skating camps.

“As a representative of the MidCape Farmers Market Committee I am delighted to call the Hyannis Youth & Community Center our new home this summer!” said Rick Bibeault, Market Manager. “We expect that the community will be pleased with the product we have to offer.”  Although more are expected as the growing season continues throughout the summer, some of the farmers who will be participating tomorrow include the following:

  • Angell Organics, Hyannis       
  • Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse, Chatham  
    Barnstable Seafarms, Barnstable
  • Not Enough Acres Farm, E. Dennis      
  • Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable      
  • Salty Lou’s, E. Sandwich      
  • Codfish & Seaweed Herb Farm, Dennis    
  • Summer House Natural Soaps, Barnstable
  • E & T Farm, W. Barnstable      
  • Surrey Farm, Brewster 
  • Matt’s Organic Farm, Dennis    
  • The Kitchen Garden, Orleans   

The Mid-Cape Farmers Market is a nonprofit group that was established in 2005, and began in the parking lot of 540 Main Street. The market was a collaboration initiated by Doug and Dianne Langeland of Edible Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Farmers and Food artisans. The market started with a commitment to keeping all its products Local, everything produced or grown in Barnstable county, the same commitment holds true today. This in turn keeps the money spent at the market in the local economy. A win-win for both customers, vendors and the community. Now in its 6th season the Mid-Cape Farmers Market is excited to make the move to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center and offer its customers a convenient location to stop by and shop, meet with friends and family and peruse the freshest most nutritious and delicious foods that the Cape has to offer.

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center is a 105,000 square foot full service facility that includes two NHL regulation hockey rinks, a gymnasium with two full basketball courts and an elevated walking track, nine locker rooms, community meeting rooms and a 1500 sq. ft. Teen Center with pool tables, arcade games and a computer lab.  Ardeo’s Restaurant operates the café and concessions in the building and the United Cultures Resource Room offers literature, materials and educational resources.  The Lyndon P. Lorusso Youth Center offers affordable memberships (Barnstable Residents $20/year; Non-Residents $40/year) that include use of the walking track, computer lab, open gym time and after school programs.  There are 2,500 families that reside within one mile of the HYCC which is just two blocks from historic Main Street and Hyannis Harbor.  The mission of the HYCC is to provide state-of-the-art accessible facilities for a variety of recreational programs and special events, competitive sports organizations, after-school activities and opportunities for the community at large to foster educational excellence and physical growth across all generations.

The HYCC is on the site of the former Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Skating Rink which was funded by a donation from The Kennedy Family and opened in 1957 as an open-air skating centre to honor their eldest son, a Navy pilot who was lost in flight during the European Theatre of War on August 12, 1944.  The Kennedy Rink served the residents of the Town of Barnstable for 54 years.

The HYCC is located at 141 Bassett Lane in Hyannis.

Courtesy of the Town of Barnstable Recreation Department.

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