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Farmers Markets in Douglas, Blackstone, Whitinsville and Grafton

Why Heritage Markets? The Blackstone Valley is rich in historic sites and we are always challenged to find a way to bring people together to share these treasures. Over the past several months, those interested in preserving our agricultural lands as well as our cultural landscapes realized that placing farmers markets at some of our historic sites could be successful in achieving this goal.  A steering committee was formed that guides the BVHM and a coordinator was hired to oversee the network and to provide support for each site.

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Southwicks Zoo, Mendon, MA

More than a zoo, it's an adventure. Situated in the tranquil countryside of the extraordinary Blackstone River Valley, nestled under the shade of tall oak trees on over 200 acres, Southwick’s Zoo is home to hundreds of animals like chimpanzees, lions, tigers, giraffes, mandrill monkeys and many endangered species including the white rhino.   Popular venues include: the Earth Discovery Center, Woodland Express, animal rides, Bird Talk, kiddie rides, petting zoo, Skyfari Sky Ride, Parakeet Landing, Deer Forest, picnic grounds, play park, food venues and the Purple Peacock Gift Shop. 

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Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sutton, MA

Vaillancourt Folk Art has been creating highly detailed, hand-painted collectible chalkware from antique molds in their Sutton, Massachusetts studios since 1984. With a goal of creating that one special gift that will be handed down for generations, Vaillancourt chalkware is an original form of art. Still family owned and operated, Vaillancourt products are available to 500 stores around the nation,  including Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, Williamsburg, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and hundreds of small shoppes. Their Sutton studio, museum and gallery is open seven days a week and is always decorated with the splendor of the holidays  tours are offered daily!

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