BOSTON – Many of us are deep into our summers: trying to take time off, spending relaxing days with friends and family. But sometimes, you just need to get out of the house. No worries! We're in the middle of Boston's second annual Farmers Market Week. Check out all the local markets all over Boston's neighborhoods, take some nutritional cooking classes, or educate your kids about healthy eating habits.

"Farmers Market Week is about celebrating the dedicated farmers and market managers that work very hard to make sure our communities in Boston have fresh, healthy food," said Mayor Walsh. "This week is an important opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the positive impact that farmers and farmers markets have in our city as contributors to our City's health and vibrancy, and I encourage everyone to visit their local farmers market."

The Mayor's Office of Food Access (OFA) has provided grants to communities that proved their commitment to health and food education. With these grants, these markets are allotted funds which enables them to host events throughout this week. "The community members that manage and shop at farmers markets across the City deserve to be celebrated every day, but especially this week," said Catalina López-Ospina, Director of the Mayor's Office of Food Access.  "OFA is glad to do all we can to support farmers markets as they play an important role in creating a more vibrant, inclusive, and affordable food culture in Boston."

If you'd like to visit a market this week, here are your options:

Wednesday: East Boston, 3pm-6:30pm

-Event includes: Cooking Demonstration, Free Raffle, & "Water is Best" fruit infused water station

-201 Border St, East Boston, MA 02128

Thursday: Dudley Town Farmers Market, 3pm-7pm

-Event includes: Highlighting the Healthy Incentives Programs for SNAP recipients

-366-378 Dudley St., Roxbury, MA 02119

Lastly, Friday night has three markets you can attend.

  1. Fowler Clark Epstein Farm Stand, 3pm-7pm

-Event includes: Nutritious food cooking class and demonstration.

-487 Norfolk St., Mattapan, MA 02126

2. Mattapan Farmers Market, 10am-1pm

-Event includes: Power of Produce Club, teaching kids about fruits and vegetables

-City of Boston Municipal Lot #14, Corner of Cummings Highway and Fairway St

3. Egleston Farmers Market, 10am-2pm

-Event includes: Cooking High-Season Produce demonstration event

-31 Germania St., Jamaica Plain 02130

So go outside and spice up your summer days by visiting some of these great markets, taking some classes, and chatting with community members.

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