SCOUT OUT: 7 Days of Farmers Markets

Farmers MarketUSDA photo by Lance Cheung

‘Tis the season for an abundance of farm fresh produce, and with the saturation of markets setting up shop in the area, not a day will go by without a chance to get your fix.

MONDAY
CENTRAL SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
When: Mondays from 12-6 p.m., May 18-November 23
Where: The parking lot behind H-Mart in Central Square, at the corner of Norfolk and Bishop Allen Streets
SNAP Accepted: SNAP/EBT benefits are accepted, often doubled!
Vendors Include: Kimball Fruit Farm, Dick’s Market Garden, Hutchins Organic, Union Square Donuts, Valicenti Organico, Hi-Rise Bread Company, Flats Mentor Farm, Copicut Farms, C&C Lobster Company, Farmer Al, Parker Farms
Elevator Pitch: This large, no-frills market has been providing great food to a diverse community for about 20 years. They’re excited to have matching SNAP benefits set up this year.
Market Manager Peter Ward says: “People are happy at the farmers market—they’re smiling! There’s a sense of anticipation about good food—people are thinking about what they’re going to make for dinner with a friend, talking to a farmer about a new variety of tomato, curious about what’s in season now.”

TUESDAY
HARVARD UNIVERSITY FARMERS MARKET
When: Tuesdays from 12-6 p.m., June 9 through September 29 & 11 a.m.-4 p.m. from October 6 through November 24
Where: Located in the Science Center Plaza at the intersection of Oxford & Kirkland Streets
SNAP Accepted: SNAP/EBT benefits are accepted, often doubled!
Vendors Include: Langwater Farm Organic Produce, Lanni Orchards, Ward’s Berry Farm, E.L. Silvia Produce, Plato’s Organic Harvest, Flats Mentor, Danish Pastry House, When Pigs Fly Bakery, 7ate9 Bakery, Q’s Nuts, Mariposa Bakery, Warren Farm & Sugarhouse, Samira’s Homemade Dips & Spreads, C&C Lobster, Ruggles Hill Creamery Goat Cheese, Union Square Donuts, Valicenti Organico Pastas & Sauces, Stow Greenhouses Flowers, Soluna Garden Farm Herbs, El Recreo Estate’s Coffee, Langwater Farm, Mei Mei Street Kitchen Prepared Lunches, West River Creamery, Vermont Gourmet Candy, Good Roots Farm, Corn & Co Popcorn, Six Foods LLC, Food from Insects (really!), Alex’s Ugly Sauce
Elevator Pitch: This large, festive market offers a wide selection of produce and hand- crafted foods as well as food trucks, chef demos, live music, and community education tables nearly every week
Market Manager Margiana Petersen-Rockney says: “In its tenth anniversary year we hope the Harvard Market will continue to bring together the community, provide fun educational programming and support the local economy. We hope to raise enough funds to match SNAP/EBT credit again.” You can donate to support them through Crowdrise.com.

WEDNESDAY
CAMBRIDGE/KENDALL CENTER FARMERS MARKET
When: Wednesdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., May 13 through October 28
Where: Located in front of the Marriott hotel on Main Street in Kendall Square
Vendors Include: Yummy Mummy Brownies, Swiss Bakers, Springbrook Farm veggies & baked goods, Q’s Nuts, When Pigs Fly bread, Hickory Nut Farm, Goodies, Herb Lyceum, Chica de Gallo, Westport Rivers
Elevator Pitch: Neighborhood artisans stop by each week with local art and craft work.
Market Co-Manager Cathy Gilson of Gilson Herbs says: “We love that shoppers get to see and taste the seasonality of produce, and understand how weather can affect the growing season.”

THURSDAY
KENDALL SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
When: Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June 4 through October 8
Where: 350 Kendall St. in Kendall Square
Vendors Include: Chicken and Rice Guys, Fazenda Coffee, Mother Juice, Kendall Flower Shop
Elevator Pitch: Some new “grab and go” lunch options will be available this year, along with local artisan crafts, handmade goods and special events.
Market Manager Rachel Gross says: “There is something naturally therapeutic about being in the open air surrounded by a buzz of energy during your lunch break.”

FRIDAY & SUNDAY
CHARLES SQUARE MARKET
When: Fridays 12-6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 31 through late November
Where: Located on the Charles Hotel Plaza at the intersection of Eliot and Bennett Streets in Harvard Square
Vendors Include: Grateful Farm, Hi-Rise Bread, Kimball Fruit Farm, Stillman’s Farm, Taza Chocolate, Gold Meadow Farms, Formaggio Kitchen, Busa Farm
Elevator Pitch: The Charles Square Market is on the smaller side, but you’d be hard- pressed to find another market that’s so efficient with its space. Fresh fruits and veggies, quality meats, seafood, bread and sweet snacks—what more could you ask for?

SATURDAY
CAMBRIDGEPORT SUMMER FARMERS MARKET
When: Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 6 through October 31
Where: The Morse School parking lot on Magazine Street at Memorial Drive
Vendors Include: Kimball Fruit Farm, Stillman Quality Meats, Flats Mentor Farm, Valicenti Organico, Clear Flour Bread
Elevator Pitch: At this small, low-key, family-oriented market, neighbors meet and buy from vendors they know by name. Occasional live music and reliable parking make it welcoming.
Market Manager Kate Stillman of Stillman Quality Meats says: “This is my favorite no-stress market on Saturday mornings. My kids play here, they ride around on bikes, there are people who have been shopping from me for 22 years—we have lots of good conversations about food.

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