So you’re tired of grocery shopping? 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; ugh. Not to mention the fact that the produce is grown halfway around the world. There’s got to be a better way.
Lucky for you, there is. They’re called farmers markets, ever heard of ’em? Come spring and summer, ditch the shopping carts, grab a reusable bag, and get outside to dig into the good stuff. Here’s your roadmap to some awesome farmers markets all over the city.
Boston Public Market
Here’s what you need to know about the BPM: Farm-fresh everything, all year long. Can we get a hell yes?! There are local farms and small businesses on-hand 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. Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 8pm.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
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! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1130am to 630pm, May to November.
Copley Square Farmers Market
One of the largest farmers markets in all of Massachusetts can be found 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. 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. Tuesday & Friday, 11am to 6pm, May to November
South End Farmers Market
Head to the parking lot at 500 Harrison Ave. to shop over 175 makers and food stands. Yes, this market is huge. You could easily spend an entire day here… which would be totally worth it. 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 Barn. Because there’s never a bad time for beer and lawn games. Sundays, 10am to 4pm, May to October.
Davis Square Farmers Market
Head on out to hip and healthy Davis Square for another wonderful farmers market. From Memorial Day to Thanksgiving, 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 teas and spices from Soluna Garden Farm, Kimball Fruit Farm, and Blue Heron Organic Farm. Wednesdays, 12 to 6pm, May to November.
South Boston Farmers Market
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! See? St. Patty’s Day isn’t the only reason to dance the streets of Southie. Mondays, 12pm to 6pm, June to October.
Winthrop Farmers Market
Say you find yourself out in Winthrop. In addition to the salty breeze and harbor views, you’ll also get the oh-so-quaint Winthrop Farmers Market. Rows of tents displaying fresh-fresh vegetables, crafts, and clothing line Hagman and Jefferson streets on select summer dates. Various days, 10am to 1pm, June to October.
Charlestown Farmers Market
For those who live in historic Charlestown, there’s a weekly option for your local produce. Head over to Thompson Square to get your fix of local fruits, veggies, and other goodies. Afterward, explore the adorable neighborhood. Opt to snag coffee at the locally-loved Zume’s Coffee House and wander down the beautiful Main Street. For a taste of history (pun intended), you can grab lunch at Warren Tavern, the oldest tavern in Massachusetts, and maybe even mozy on up to the Bunker Hill Monument. Who knew produce shopping could lead to a history lesson? Wednesdays, 2pm to 7pm, June to October.
East Boston Farmers Market
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. Wednesdays, 3pm to 6:30pm, July to October.
Egleston Farmers Market
Get to Jamaica Plain for this farmers market that runs 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. Saturdays, 10am to 2pm, May to November.
Mission Hill Farmers Market
Get yourself to either (or both) of the Mission Hill farmers market locations (Brigham Circle/Roxbury Crossing Station) for organic food and local specialties. Take home your fill of local fruits and veggies, and check out the crafts by local artisans. The market is sponsored by the Mission Hill Health Movement and Mission Hill Main Streets, which work to bring health and local businesses to the Mission Hill community. Eat your veggies, and support good work, too. Thursdays, 11am to 7pm and Tuesdays, 12pm to 6pm, June to October.
Brookline Farmers' Market
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 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! Thursdays, 1:30pm to 6:30pm, June to November.
Central Square Farmers Market
Mondays can be pretty lame. Make yours better by stopping by this Central Square farmers market. They’ll help you get connected to local farmers who have all the fresh, healthy eats you could ever ask for. It’s a great way to kick off your week and stock up your refrigerator. Mondays, 12pm to 6pm, May to November.
Charles Square Market (Harvard Square)
Make your way to Harvard Square for this farmers market held 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. Sundays 10am to 3pm, May to November; Fridays, 12pm to 6pm, May to November.
Cambridge Center Farmers Market (Kendall Square)
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 Cambridge Center Farmers Market for your fresh fruit and vegetable needs. Wednesdays, 11am to 6pm, May to October.
Union Square Farmers Market
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 to shop more than 30 vendors who have absolutely everything you could need. Fruits and veggies. Meats and cheeses. Heck, they even have baked goods and fish, too. Plus, they have live music to liven up your weekend shopping experience. Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, May to November.