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BOSTON’S FARMERS MARKETS: 14 SPOTS TO SHOP LOCAL

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ASHLEY REGO

MAY 29, 2019

How is it that a fridge can be perpetually empty week after week? And the stress of the supermarket certainly doesn’t help — the crowds, the lines, the prices... Not to mention the fact that the produce is grown halfway around the world.

That's why farmers market season is idyllic. Come spring and summer, ditch the shopping carts, grab a reusable bag, and get outside to wander the stalls and stands of fresh produce and artisan goods. Here’s your roadmap to some awesome farmers markets all over the city.

Here’s what you need to know about the BPM: farm-fresh everything, all year long. A staple for locals and tourists alike, this indoor market features small businesses selling everything from produce to meat to chocolate to coffee. You can even score some prepared foods, making for a convenient lunch break or take-away dinner. Eating healthy doesn’t get any easier than this.

The Boston Public Market also offers an outdoor farmers markets from May to November at Dewey Square. Ditch the takeout, grab some fresh ingredients, and make a meal of your own. There’s plenty of local produce, meat, poultry, eggs, cheeses, fish, bread, and baked goods to choose from. And if you’re no chef, you can always nab a ready-made meal too. Specific vendors vary depending on the day of the week, so you’ll just have to stop by to check them all out!

If you're looking for historic and affordable, look no further than the Haymarket, nestled on Blackstone St. between the Boston Public Market and Faneuil Hall. This is one of the oldest open-air markets in the United States and consistently one of the cheapest buys for fresh fruit, produce, meat, seafood, and dairy products. 300 years of experience, 40 vendors hawking their wares, two days to experience it (Friday and Saturday). Fitt Tip: haggling is allowed after 3pm on Saturdays if you drive a hard bargain.

One of the largest farmers markets in all of Massachusetts can be found May through November at this historic Copley Square location in the heart of Back Bay. If you live or work nearby, this should become your go-to for local groceries or a healthy lunch break on Tuesdays and Fridays. Navigate to 200 Clarendon Street (John Hancock Tower forever!) in picturesque Copley Plaza. That’s where you’ll find all your shopping needs and a stellar view.

Head to the parking lot at 500 Harrison Ave. from May to October to shop hundreds makers and food stands. The market is huge, and you should plan to spend most of your Sunday here. After stocking up on fruits and veggies, you can continue your local shopping spree stroll at the Arts Market right next door. Score some artisans wares and then hit the Beer Garden or Food Truck Bazaar. Because there’s never a bad time for beer and lawn games.

Head on out to hip and healthy Davis Square for another wonderful farmers market. From May to November, you can get consistently fresh and delicious fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, cheeses, baked goods, and flowers. Previous vendors have included local favorites such as Boston Smoked Fish, baked goods by SwissBakers, and fruits, veggies, and more from Kimball Fruit Farm and the all-organic Langwater Farm.

What’s better than shopping for delicious, locally-grown produce and small-batch goods? Jamming to a live band while you do it! If that sounds like something you’d be into, this Southie farmers market is a stand-out. They have free live music on the first Monday of every month! They're open June to October, which leaves you plenty of time to experience the market's sustainable wares and good vibes.

This farmers market is bringing the community together in a big way. You can groove to the rhythm of local musicians while you shop, learn about local farmers, score some healthy eating tips. And, you can stay in the know about healthy foods and the market happenings via their helpful newsletter. Visit this Central Square Park fixture on Wednesdays from July to October.

Get to Jamaica Plain for this farmers market that runs on Saturdays all summer long. Like all the others on this list, you’ll have no trouble finding all of the local fruits and veggies you could ever need. Unlike all the rest, this spot happens to be located across the way from Sam Adams Brewery. Yeah, we know what you’ll be doing this weekend.

No matter what you need, this farmers market in Brookline has you covered. Yes, they have all of the staples you could ask for, including plenty of produce. But this market running June to November also has vendors that are offering up prepared foods, bread, pastries, meats, fish, cheese, flowers, and crafts. Don’t forget delicious packaged goods like maple syrup, jams, and jellies, too. Impressive!

Mondays can be pretty lame. Make yours better by stopping by the Central Square farmers market from noon to 6pm. They’ll help you get connected to local farmers who have all the fresh, healthy eats you could ever ask for. Every Monday from May to November, it’s a great way to kick off your week and stock up your refrigerator.

On Fridays and Sundays, make your way to Harvard Square for this farmers market held June through November in the courtyard of The Charles Hotel. The hotel is just off the main thoroughfare of Harvard Square, offering a swanky respite from the busy streets and daily grind. Make the most of your trip to this market by stopping by the hotel bar or having a meal in the courtyard at Henrietta’s Table. Your plate might match your shopping bag, too because this hotel restaurant serves local farm-fresh ingredients in all of its dishes.

An ever-expanding science and technology hub of the Boston area, Kendall Square is catching on to all things healthy. In addition to some creative and healthy new restaurants, you can check out the Kendall Center Farmers Market on Wednesdays May through October for your fresh fruit and vegetable needs, plus specialties like bacon, snacks, and crafts.

For more than 10 years, this local farmers market has been serving the Somerville community from the heart of Union Square. It’s where folks flock on Saturdays (May through November) to shop more than 30 vendors who have absolutely everything you could need. Fruits and veggies. Meats and cheeses. Heck, they even have wine and hard cider, too. Plus, they have live music to liven up your weekend shopping experience.