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Farmers markets in Boston and Cambridge are rich in foods, culture, entertainment

Farmers markets retain their authenticity and charm even as they continue to grow in new and exciting ways. Many are now open year-round, offering arts and crafts, live entertainment, food trucks, and activities for kids amid the abundance of oils, herbs, and spices, chocolate and candies, breads and baked good, ethnic foods, coffees and teas seafood, meat, poultry and eggs, cheese and dairy products, wines, plants and flowers, and the assortment of specialty and prepared food, spreads, sauces, and condiments. Spend an affordable weekend at the farm market and take some of the delicious goods home.

Summer: Natick Common, Rtes. 27 & 135; Winter: Common Street Cultural Center, 13 Common Street Natick, MA Phone:

This market is open year round. Serving herbs, chocolate and candies, bagels, breads, Jalapenos, Italian food, Halvah, teas, seafood, juices, honey, dairy products, cookies, olive oil, spices and seasonings, wines and more.
Dates and Hours: Year-round; Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer market opens late May.

224 Western Avenue Allston, MA Phone:

The Farmers' Market at the Harvard Ed Portal features fresh, locally grown seasonal produce and specialty products. Throughout the season, there will be special offerings including live music and activities for children. The market accepts SNAP and Boston Bounty Bucks, WIC, and senior coupons. Credit and debit cards accepted.
Dates and Hours of operation in 2016: June 24 - October 28; Fridays, 3-7 p.m.

Corner of Massachusetts and Fletcher avenues Lexington, MA Phone:

In addition to the fresh food you'd expect to find at a New England farmers market, Lexington's community event offers live entertainment and artisan craft vendors.
Dates and Hours: May 30-October 31 on Tuesdays, 2-6:30 p.m. No market on July 4.

Dewey Square Plaza on the Greenway (across from South Station) Boston, MA Phone: 617-973-4909

Products include farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, and eggs; cheese and dairy; fish; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several grab-and-go lunch options. Market accepts EBT-SNAP, WIC, and senior coupons. Email: Cailla Quinn at cquinn@bostonpublicmarket.org
2016 Dates and Hours: May 16-November 21 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Clark Government Center, 119 School Street Waltham, MA Phone:

The Waltham Farmers Market offers up delicious local treats like fresh fruit, burgers, popcorn, and crafts like hand-blown glass. Credit and debit cards are accepted. Wheelchair accessible.
Dates and Hours: June 10 – November 4; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street Cambridge, MA Phone: 617-491-3434

The market will be located in the lower courtyard of The Charles Hotel. Vendors include: Busa Farm and Markets, Stillman Quality Meats, C&C Lobsters and Fish, Red’s Best, Valicenti Pasta Farm), Salt & Olive, Follow the Honey, and Hi-Rise Bread. Vendors may vary.
Dates and Hours: Fridays, noon-6 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

500 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

Handmade artisan goods, fresh farm products, specialty foods, food trucks, and craft beers by about 150 vendors. Also, live music.
Dates and Hours: April 29 - October 29 on Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Dewey Square Plaza on the Greenway, 600 Atlantic Avenue (across from South Station) Boston, MA Phone: 617-973-4909

Products include farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, and eggs; cheese and dairy; fish; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several grab-and-go lunch options. Market accepts EBT-SNAP, WIC, & senior coupons. Email: Cailla Quinn at cquinn@bostonpublicmarket.org
Dates and Hours: May 16 to November 21 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Pearl Street Acton, MA Phone:

On market Sundays, Pearl Street teems with vegetables and fruits, flowers, cheeses, bagels, meats, pastas, artisanal breads, wines, baked treats, maple syrup, fungi, and specialty products such as spreads, sauces, and condiments. Come and enjoy music, artisan offerings, our Community Table, and friends and neighbors. SNAP accepted. Email: amireault@merrimackvalley.org
Dates and Hours: June 11 to October 22, Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Harold French Square, 46 Woodside Avenue Winthrop, MA Phone: 617-846-1852

The markets run every other Sunday throughout the summer. Come and find fresh farm stands, food trucks, crafters and an array of products and entertainment. Email: winthropfarmersmarket@yahoo.com
2017 Dates and Hours:Every second Sundays from June 18 thru October 22; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Brookline Winter Farmer's Market at the Arcade Building in Coolidge Corner every Sunday November to June.
Dates and Hours: November to June; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.



Gym of Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street Cambridge, MA Phone:

Great food from 2 dozen new and returning vendors, live music, arts & crafts, special events.
Dates and Hours in 2015: January 3-April 25; Saturdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.