If you care anything about the food you eat, where it comes from, how its grown, then chances are you’re a locavore and enjoy the bounty of farmers’ markets. Even if you’re not a locavore, you’ll find something to like at a farmers’ market where its possible to buy items not found in supermarkets because they’re not produced in large enough quantities, or are too delicate to ship very far.
Farmers’ Markets abound in Massachusetts. There are almost 200 across the state. The majority (106) of the farmers’ markets are in the eastern part of the state, while the fewest can be found on Cape Cod & the Islands (10). On Nantucket, Monday – Saturday, 9 AM – 1 PM, June – October, you will find a farmers’ market at the intersection of Main and Federal Streets. While in Belchertown, every Thursday 2 PM – 7 PM, May 28 – Oct 15 the farmers’ market takes place at the Belchertown Common.
Some towns have multiple farmers’ markets that take place on different days/times and in different locations. Springfield for instance boasts six farmers’ markets:
- the Springfield Farmers’ Market operates 7 AM – 11 AM from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October
- The Farmers Market at the X can be found on Summer Ave, Tuesdays from 12:30 PM to 6 PM
- the Springfield/Indian Orchard farmers’ market takes place at Hampden Bank, 187 Main Street on Fridays, from 11 AM – 4 PM
- the farmers’ market at the Springfield Shriner’s Hospital is located at 516 Carew Street. It operates on Wednesday from 11 AM – 1:30 PM
- the farmers’ market at Tower Square is located at Main and Bridge Streets and runs from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM every Friday
- the farmers’ market at Mason Square operates out of the Mason Square Health Center located at 11 Wilbraham Rd every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM
In Suffolk County there are approximately 25 well established farmers markets in operation. In Allston at the Harvard Allston Farmers’ Market Harvard Allston Farmers’ Market you can get produce from local sources like Dragonfly Farms in Pepperell, and http://www.lanniorchards.net/ in Lunenburg. There will be baked goods from The Danish Pastry House, spreadable fruit from Deborah’s Kitchen, chocolate from Taza Chocolate, and much more.
If you’re passing through South Station on a Tuesday or Thursday between 11:30 am and 6:30 pm you can pick up the fixings for your evening meal at the Boston Public Market before hopping on the train that will take you home. There you’ll find artisan breads, local produce, herbs and spices, farm raised meats and fresh flowers.
Here are the farmers’ markets located in Suffolk County:
|Harvard Allston MarketBoston City Hall Plaza||Chelsea Farmers’ Market Charlestown||Jamaica Plain|
On the Mass Farmers’ Markets web site you can locate farmers markets by product: vegetables, fruits, plants, baked goods, dairy and meats, by location, by day and time of the market. This site will help you locate farmers’ markets throughout the state. You can map out a day trip, stopping at several markets in one day, picking up something new and interesting at each. The Local Food Guide to Metro Boston is also an excellent resource for locating information on farmers’ markets in Boston. Another listing of Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture web site.
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