Did you know? Massachusetts is home to 200+ farmers’ markets. Not only do farmers’ markets provide a space to purchase the freshest of the fresh, locally-grown seasonal produce (think: fruit, veggies + dairy products), but they also provide a community-centered space for Bostonians to connect with food + the folks who grow it.
City Editor Jess here. Recently, I spent a Saturday morning at my local market, which I learned about through Mass Farmers Markets. Created in 1978 to build fresh food access across Massachusetts, the org has a handy digital map to help you find your nearest market. 🍅
What we tried (with pricing):
I took a trip over to Cambridge to shop at the Central Square Farmers Market on Monday afternoon — which just so happened to coincide with Farmers’ Market Week. The market is free to explore, and super organized with plenty of vendors connecting food, agriculture + environmental policy to the communities they serve.
While visiting the market, my connections to the community only grew deeper with every conversation. While shopping, I met the market planners, local growers, and community members, so you get to know where your food comes from + who helped bring it to the neighborhood.
What not to miss:
In addition to farm fresh produce, you can also find over two dozen Massachusetts farmers and food producers with baked goods, honey, ready-to-eat meals, and other locally made products.
Bonus: If you stumble upon a vegetable that you’ve never cooked before or if you want to try to shake up your dinner routine from the latest TikTok challenge, check out these recipes for inspiration.
What we’re still talking about:
Tomato season is my favorite and over the years a new love and appreciation has bloomed for these fruits. From the heirlooms to the cherry varieties, there is something new to learn and taste at your local farmers’ market with every visit. Pop over to Instagram to see this tomato tasting contest.
How you can experience this:
When you choose to shop at a local farmers market you are not only supporting local farmers, you are helping create jobs in rural communities, protecting the environment, and filling your plate with the freshest ingredients.
Things to know if you go:
- Experience: Explore your local farmers’ market
- Price: Free to attend; products vary in pricing
- Website: massfarmersmarkets.org