Plant and Craft Fair Returns to the Common after Three-year Hiatus

Submitted by The First Parish in Bedford

After a three-year hiatus, The First Parish on the Bedford Common’s 67th annual plant and craft fair returns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 – rain or shine.

The First Parish Plant Fair’s long-time tradition began in the side yard of the Fitch Tavern about 70 years ago. The Frank Joslin family lived there, and were members of First Parish. Avid gardeners, they and their fellow members, Betty Balfour, Eva Schafer, and friends thought it would be a lovely idea to share their plants. It was such a good idea, it eventually outgrew the side yard and moved across the street to the Town Common.

That’s where it will be again this year. It is returning as not only a plant fair with knowledgeable people available for advice about your plants or garden, but a craft fair with a good number of vendors — including local artists and crafters. Children will enjoy the day as well with the Chip-In Farm sharing farm animals to pet and touch. Crafts and other children’s activities will also be available.

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Jersey Mikes and other food vendors will be there to supply sustenance.

Proceeds from the plant and craft sale will support the work of The First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist. In addition to other programs, First Parish supports local initiatives including Bedford Community Table and the weekly Food Bank; Bedford Embraces Diversity; the Annual Tenacity Challenge at the Bedford High School; and the Bedford Family Connection.

Do you want to be a vendor at the Fair? Sign up here:

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Or look for updates also on the First Parish Website:

First Parish Plant Fair Returns 5/20/2023 – First Parish Bedford (

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