Living in the city, you may feel like it’s impossible to get access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But fear not-there are plenty of places to buy not only produce, but other farm-fresh products as well. Check out these farmers markets in and around the city to learn where your healthy, fresh food needs can be fulfilled.
Boston Public Market
This market is located at the Dewey Square Plaza on the Greenway, and is open from May 17 through November 22. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., shoppers will have access to a variety of different vendors. Some vendors appear both days, while others are only there on one day each week. The items available for purchase include fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh-baked bread.
Copley Square Farmers’ Market
This market in Copley Square is located along St. James Avenue, Dartmouth Street, and Boylston Street. The market is open from May 10 through November 22, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. In addition to fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables, there are also artisans who sell natural body scrubs and oils that are made from scratch.
Brookline Farmers’ Market
Rain or shine, this market is open to visitors from June 2 through November 17. Each Thursday from 1:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m., over 30 vendors set up stalls to sell their goods. Items for sale include fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as baked goods, meat, and seafood. Some of the vendors do not accept credit cards, so make sure to have some cash on hand.
Egleston Farmers’ Market
Located in Jamaica Plain on Germania Street, this market is open year-round. The market includes both indoor and outdoor locations depending on the weather, and is open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tons of local farms and bakers provide food for this market. Vendor to check out: Exodus Bagels, providing New York-style bagels for Boston’s Jewish community and others.
Charles Square Farmers’ Market
This market is located in Charles Plaza in Cambridge, near the Harvard Kennedy School and the Charles Hotel. It is available on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., May 17 through November 23. Items on offer include fresh organic produce, flowers, baked goods, and meats and poultry.
Central Square Farmers Market
On Norfolk Street and Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge, this market is open May 18 through November 23. Every Monday from 12:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m., numerous vendors descend on this parking lot to sell their wares. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, shoppers can also pick up fresh fish or lobster, or fresh-baked bread.
Harvard University Farmers’ Market
Including both weekly and biweekly vendors, this market can be found at the Harvard University Science Center Plaza from June 7 through November 22. Every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., shoppers can find multiple vendors offering fresh fish and lobster, as well as fresh produce and baked goods from local farms.
Hingham Farmers’ Market
With the motto “Fresh is Best,” this market is open rain or shine, every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. The market can be found on Otis Street in Hingham, Massachusetts, about 15 miles outside of Boston. From May 7 through November 19, vendors will sell locally-grown produce, meat, and fresh seafood. In addition, homemade jams and sauces are sold alongside fresh honey.
Jamaica Plain Farmers’ Market
In the Bank of America parking lot on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, this market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from May 7 through November 19. The market is open on Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Items for sale include fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, and cookies and baked goods.
Marblehead Farmers’ Market
Just over 15 miles from the city in Marblehead, Massachusetts, this market is open May 28 through November 19. It can be found in the parking lot of Marblehead Veterans Middle School each Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Local food and farm vendors provide fresh groceries, and local artisans provide craft goods and body products.
Needham Farmers’ Market
Another 15-mile drive from Boston, this market is located in Needham Center behind the Needham Bank. It is open May 29 through November 20, every Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables can be found here, as well as fresh bread and honey. Special product: winter squash, which will keep for months and can be used in a variety of different ways. In addition, local bands provide live music as you shop.
Davis Square Farmers’ Market
Found in Somerville’s Davis Square, this market is open every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., May 18 through November 23. Look for it on Day Street and Herbert Street, and pick up some fresh fish, organic produce, and baked goods. Special products: baked beans, fresh maple syrup, and organic chocolate.
Union Square Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., from mid-May through November, this market can be found in Somerville’s Union Square. Over 30 vendors can be found here, as well as live music and activities. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, fish, and meats. After shopping at the market, check out Somerville’s local cafes and amenities.
Norwood Farmers’ Market
Just opened, this winter farmers’ market is another 15-mile drive from the city and can be found at the V.F.W. Hall on Dean Street in Norwood, Massachusetts. Starting on November 5 and lasting through April 1, this market will be open each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the market will offer baked goods, specialty popcorn, and handmade jewelry.