Roundup: 15 Farmers’ Markets To Try This Summer

Buy locally-sourced produce, craft goods, and more at these area markets.

Fresh Produce at Crescent Ridge Farmers' Market, all photos provided.

Fresh Produce at Crescent Ridge Farmers’ Market. All photos provided.

Tired of stuffy grocery stores, big corporations, and produce that’s been sitting on the shelf for weeks? Then head to a farmers’ market. We searched the Greater Boston area to find some of the best markets that the spring and summer seasons have to offer. Below, our roundup:

Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market Association is currently working on building a year-round permanent market. While we wait, the association is hosting two farmers’ markets this spring. One is along the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the other is at the future home of the permanent market.

Haymarket T Stop Market: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 136 Blackstone Street. Dewey Square Market: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway across from South Station, bostonpublicmarket.org

Harvard Farmers’ Market

Get smart by eating some locally-made brain food brought to you by Harvard University. This market features fresh produce, fish, baked goods, and other local treats.

Tuesdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., starting 6/10, The Plaza at the Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, dining.harvard.edu

Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Copley Square is already home to some of Boston’s most famous architecture, and on Tuesdays and Fridays it also hosts a vibrant market that attracts vendors from all over Massachusetts.

Tuesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m., to 6 p.m., Copley Square, 139 St. James Avenue, westincopleyplaceboston.com

Arts and Crafts at the Belmont Farmers' Market

Arts and Crafts at the Belmont Farmers’ Market

Belmont Farmers’ Market

Looking for something more than a market? The event tent at the Belmont Farmers’ Market includes food tastings, live performances, and book readings so your kids stay entertained while you shop.

Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., starting 6/12, Town Center Parking Lot, Cross Street at Channing Road, Belmont, belmontfarmersmarket.org

Salem Farmers’ Market

Are you a history buff? In colonial times, Salem used to host a farmers’ market. The modern-day revival of this historic tradition returns to downtown Salem for its sixth season on June 12th.

Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting 6/12, Derby Square, Salem, salemfarmersmarket.org

Brookline Farmers’ Market

The Brookline Farmers’ Market has the most convenient hours of them all, starting at 1:30 p.m., and lasting until dusk, which means that some vendors will stay as late as 8 p.m.

Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to dusk, starting 6/19, West Parking Lot, Centre Street, Brookline, brooklinefarmersmarket.com

Watertown Farmers’ Market 

Watertown is a picturesque city outside of Boston, so it’s about time they started a farmers’ market. Watertown will introduce its first ever farmers’ market in June which will include music, weekly events, and monthly skill-shares.

Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting 6/5 , Arsenal on the Charles, 3 Kingsbury Ave, Watertown, watertownmarket.com

New England Open Markets

New England Open Markets host three spring markets in Cambridge, Greenway, and SoWa. In addition to the fresh produce and handmade artisan products at these markets, you can also enjoy food from some of Boston’s finest food trucks.

Cambridge: Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m,. starting 6/27, The Plaza at the Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge. SoWa: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 540 Harrison Ave. Greenway: Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wharf District Parks on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, newenglandopenmarkets.com

Harvard Allston Farmers’ Market

Kick off your weekend right with some local food and handmade crafts at this farmers’ market. Plus, the hours are convenient for the after work crowd.

Fridays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting 6/20, Swissbakers Cafe, 168 Western Avenue, Allston, edportal.harvard.edu

Egleston Farmers’ Market

The Egleston Farmers’ Market has been bringing together the Roxbury and Jamaica Plain community together for four years. This year, the market, which runs from June all the way until February, will kick off its season with a grand re-opening barbecue lunch.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting 6/7, re-opening BBQ costs $10,  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 45 Brookside Avenue, Jamaica Plain, eglestonfarmersmarket.org

Union Square Farmers' Market

Union Square Farmers’ Market

Union Square Farmers’ Market

Come to Union Square on Saturdays for the 10th anniversary of this farmers’ market. Enjoy an upbeat gathering of the eclectic Somerville community while you shop from a variety of vendors.

Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Union Square, 16 Bow Street, Somerville, unionsquaremain.org

Roslindale Village Farmers’ Market

A farmers’ market is more than just shopping; it’s about bringing a community together. The Roslindale Village Farmers’ market is a lively market that invites guests from surrounding areas to shop and get social.

Saturdays, 9 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., starting 6/7, Roslindale Village Commuter Rail Station, the corner of South Conway Street and Roberts Street, roslindale.net

Crescent Ridge Farmers’ Market

Crescent Ridge Dairy is gearing up for a market that’s even bigger than last year. In addition to the many vendors, enjoy some of Crescent Ridge’s award-winning ice cream while you jam out to live music.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2p.m, starting 6/14, Crescent Ridge Dairy, 407 Bay Road, Sharon, crescentridgefarmersmarket.com

Hingham Farmers’ Market

If you can’t decide between going to the beach or going shopping, then this is the perfect farmers’ market for you. The Hingham Farmers’ Market is at Hingham Bathing Beach, so you can make a whole day out it. Buy some fresh food, and then have a picnic on the beach.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hingham Bathing Beach, 96 Otis Street, Hingham, hinghamfarmersmarket.org

Braintree Farmers’ Market

In addition to the diverse array of products available at the Braintree Farmers’ Market, there will also be special events throughout the season. This includes: strawberry day (June 21), where many of the vendors will create special strawberry products, and a clam and lobster feast (August 30) with made to order clam chowder, lobster rolls, and more.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting 6/14, Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Drive, braintreefarmersmarket.org

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