From farm-fresh produce to homemade treats like jams and jellies, farmers markets provide a wealth of delicious, healthy options. Check out one of these Massachusetts farmers markets and whip up something extra special with your spoils.
In addition to the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, Quincy Farmers’ Market offers fresh seafood and wine from local vineyards. Open June through November, it’s important to not confuse it with the ever-popular Quincy Market.
From mid-June through the end of October, shoppers can enjoy the pick of the crop at the Salem Farmers Market. Open on Thursdays in Derby Square, some delicious bonuses include handmade pasta and seafood dinners to eat on site or to take home.
Open Wednesday through Thursday year-round, and in a permanent location, the Boston Public Market is where many local chefs purchase their kitchen’s daily fare. In addition to fresh produce, shoppers can indulge in craft cheese, homemade bread, fermented and canned foods, and out-of-this-world chocolate delights. More than 39 vendors means there’s something for every palate here.
Enjoy the best of local fruits and vegetables as well as home-grown honey and locally tapped maple syrup at the Northampton Farmers Market. Open on Saturdays from April through November, shoppers will even find goodies perfect for early holiday shopping.
Open during the summer months, the Boylston Plaza Farmers Market may not be as expansive as the Boston Public Market, but it has definitely become a go-to event for locals and those working in the city. Located at the Prudential Center on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the vendors make it possible to do some city shopping and stock up on treats from the country—at the very same time.
Open Wednesday and Saturday from May-October, the Berkshire Area Farmers' Market features wares from amazing local businesses including Berkshire Mountain Bakery, the Bradley Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, and more. Enjoy fruits, veggies, home baked items, and a wealth of wholesome, delicious foods.
Open for business on Thursdays from June through November, the Plymouth Farmers Market isn’t simply a place to procure farm fresh food—it’s an experience. Featuring live music and frequent demonstrations from local chefs, you’ll come away entertained, educated, and well-fed, too.
Open from June through October, the North Adams Farmers Market has one of the best arrays of local flowers for sale you’ll find in all of Massachusetts. Located in the St. Anthony’s Municipal Parking Lot, you’ll find that vendors are all too happy to share helpful hints on growing fresh produce and flowers as well.
Buy fresh eggs, chicken, lamb, and sauerkraut—in addition to a vast array of fresh fruits and veggies in season—when you visit the Great Barrington Farmers Market. Open from May through the end of October, the market sets up shops on Saturdays only, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located in front of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston’s Back Bay, the Copley Square Farmers Market provides urban dwellers with an excellent way to eat healthy without having to leave the city. Open Tuesdays and Fridays from May to November, you can plan your dinner menu around their freshest picks.
Everyone benefits when you shop at a farmers market. Small farmers keep their farms running and you and your family get to eat the freshest foods possible. Massachusetts is home to plenty of farmers markets—enough to appease even the most discerning palates. Consider stopping at one the next time you visit one or more of these locations.