Boston, MA– I am hesitant to even say that these are the “best,” because all farmers markets are wonderful. It’s always rejuvenating to walk through the booths of fresh produce, surrounded by all kinds of vendors selling fresh bread, handmade pottery, fresh flowers, or free samples of locally sourced honey. The only disappointing farmers markets are the ones that are shutting down as I arrive, cursing my timing.
Here’s an ABCDE list of farmers markets, but this is by no means an all-inclusive list. Make sure to visit the markets near you this summer (there are almost 30 farmers markets in the Boston area alone) to support local business and sustainable agriculture. And bring your reusable bags!
For a complete directory of all the farmers markets around Boston, check out the City of Boston’s listings.
Ashmont Farmers Market
1900 Dorchester Ave. Ashmont MBTA Plaza, Dorchester: Fridays 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Open June 28 - October 18, 2019
Fresh, local produce and a community. That’s a huge draw for the Ashmont Farmers Market, with friendly regular vendors (two farms offering meat, eggs, and produce; a bakery; a fresh fish vendor; plus seven rotating spots for specialty vendors) and community events free yoga classes, weekly live music, outdoor lawn games, chess tables, etc. Check out the website for opportunities to sell, volunteer, or perform at the market.
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street: Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Open Year Round
Not strictly a farmers market, but for a one-stop shop, head to Boston Public Market. BPM is an indoor, year-round market offering “locally sourced groceries and specialty agricultural products.” You can pick up your fresh produce for the week and grab some specialty items like chocolate or coffee for a hostess gift. Visit one of the pastry shops or grab some prepared food for a treat while you browse. BPM also has outdoor summer locations at City Hall (May 21 - November 20) and Dewey Square (May 14 - November 19).
Copley Square Farmers Market
139 Saint James Ave, Copley Square Plaza: Tuesdays & Fridays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m
Open May 10 - November 26, 2019
In addition to over two dozen Massachusetts farms selling fresh local produce, this market also has specialty food stalls, fresh fish, and locally sourced meat. Or buy your own vegetable plants here and grow your own from home! The market accepts Visa/Mastercard/Discover credit cards, WIC checks, and EBT cards.
Davis Square Farmers Market
Corner of Herbert & Day streets, Davis Square, Somerville: Wednesdays 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Open May 15- Nov 27, 2019
Fresh fruits, veggies, and meats are always excellent quality. And with baked breads and pies at the bakery stands, this is a delicious opportunity to get your grocery shopping done on a Wednesday. Street parking may be tough to find so take public transportation or ride your bike if you can.
East Boston Farmers Market
Central Square Park, 201 Border St., across from Liberty Plaza: Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Open July 3 - October 16, 2019
In recognition of the diverse community in East Boston, here you can find fresh seasonal ingredients for global cooking traditions: tomatoes, corn and beans, hot peppers and amaranth, yierba mora, and papalo, water spinach and bok choy, pea tendrils, scallions and Asian mustard, collard greens, cilantro, peaches and apples, Italian and sweet Thai basil (to name a few!). There are also vendors with fresh fish, bread, and even some healthy prepared foods. The market hosts live music events periodically during the summer months.
Looks like we’re going to have some nice days this weekend. Go outside and enjoy a farmers market near you! (Not all are open yet; make sure to check the dates before you make plans.)