Massachusetts farmers markets sell local food, authentic crafts

Massachusetts farmers markets can be found in every corner of the state, rural, urban, and suburban. Most run in summer; some continue through winter. Here you can find fresh, locally grown produce and other foods and know you are supporting local agriculture. Some farmers markets also have entertainment, live music, and seminars in cooking and gardening. It is a fun way to touch the authentic local culture.

Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street Andover, MA, 01810 Phone: 978-475-2236

This market is a purveyor of fresh and locally produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads, pies, cookies, herbs, and more. Discover all the tastes of New England!
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 21-September 27

Hardwick Town Common Hardwick, MA, 01031 Phone:

Hardwick Farmers Market has a lot to offer hungry visitors, like local produce, fruit, dairy products, maple syrup, books, gifts, coffee, and more!
Dates and Hours in 2014: Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 29-October 26

Mill Pond Parking Lot, Clock Tower Place, Main Street (Route 62) Maynard, MA, 01754 Phone: 617-728-2425

This market features produce, dairy, meats, baked goods, honey, and cut flowers. The Market also offers educational and cultural events and information about the town's civic groups. Plenty of free parking. Rain or shine.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June-October

Commercial and Ryder streets, across from Town Hall Provincetown, MA, 02656 Phone:

Shoppers at this Provincetown community market will find organic vegetables, fresh blueberries, artisan cheeses, greens, baked goods, olive oil, and fresh fruit.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; May - October 18

The Village Green, ​Old Main Street Sandwich, MA Phone: 617-347-5192

2014 vendors at this summer-fall market include Oakdale Farms, J.H. Beaulieu meat and produce, Honey I'm Home, and Thyme After Thyme. Get fresh Atlantic lobster, flowers, soaps, crafts, gifts, and so much more.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; May-October

Hingham Beach Parking Lot, 95 Otis Street (Route 3A) Hingham, MA, 02043 Phone:

Hingham Farmers Market is the third oldest in Massachusetts, and vendors here sell fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, plants, eggs, jam with native strawberries, granola mix, live lobsters, jewelry, pottery, and furniture.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; May 3-November 22

Washington Park, Seaview Avenue Oak Bluffs, MA Phone:

This buzzing sea-side market is a short walk from the ferry and features local produce, gourmet to-go treats, vintage stuff, massage therapists, two hours of live music, and more!
Dates and Hours in 2014: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in May, June, September, October and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in July and August; May to October

John Hancock Municipal Parking Lot, Chestnut Street Quincy, MA, 02169 Phone: 339-225-2607

This rain-or-shine market includes three farms, three bakers, one local nursery, one dairy and a community table offering locally-grown surplus fruit and vegetables from Quincy gardeners.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m; June 28-November 22

Great Barrington Fairgrounds Great Barrington, MA Phone: 413-528-2662

This is a producer-only market, which means that you'll only buy food and products straight from the hands that grew or made them. Featured products include lavender, veggies, meats, and much, much more.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Mother's Day-October

Spring Street parking lot, Amherst Center Amherst, MA, 01002 Phone: 413-768-0781

Rain or shine, the Amherst Farmer's Market has served the community for over three decades, and it only gets better with time as chefs and artisans perfect their recipes and crafts to share with you at this community event.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; April 19-November 22

First Baptist Church, 468 Main Street Hyannis Port, MA Phone:

Sample a colorful array of locally grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, and cut flowers as well as organic eggs, artisan breads, candles, honey, handmade soaps, herbal teas, and body products. There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the market, and live entertainment most days. WIC Coupons are accepted by most vendors.
Dates & Hours in 2014-- June 4-October 22, Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m..

460 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

This market is a thriving cultural tradition in the area of the city south of Washington Street (SoWa). There is also a craft market and a vintage market!
Dates and Hours in 2014: Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; May-October

Leather City Common, 55 Lowell Street Peabody, MA Phone:

Locally grown produce, fresh foods from local vendors, work of local artisans, live music.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m.; June-October & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; July 7-September

21 Old Colony Way Orleans, MA, 02653 Phone: 508-237-9492

Here shoppers can expect to find Cape Cod grown vegetables, plants, honey, lobsters, soap, worms, flowers, bread and other local products.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; May-November

The Plaza at the Science Center, Harvard University Cambridge, MA, 02138 Phone:

A couple of this market's special highlights are New England specialty foods like maple syrup and live cooking demonstrations.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Tuesday, noon-6 p.m.; June 10 to October 28

307 Old Main Street South Yarmouth, MA Phone:

Come to this open-air market in the heart of Cape Cod and spend the morning perusing vendor tables offering up fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and so much more. Dates and Hours in 2014: Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; May 23 to early October

Harvard Elementary School, 27 Massachusetts Avenue Harvard, MA, 01451 Phone: 978-790-4429

Guests of this market will have many options for lunch that day: Asian veggies, lamb, grain-fed beef, and stone-ground chocolate for an early dessert.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon; August 16-October 25 (Closed on 10/12)

Cambridge & North Union Streets (by St. Mary’s Church and the Post Office) Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone:

Vendors include growers, artisans, and prepared food purveyors. There are live music performances, kids’ activity tables, demonstrations and more. Visitors to the market have noted a “street festival” atmosphere that welcomes year round residents and visitors alike to shop, mingle and enjoy the downtown experience. Come spend an hour enjoying music, breakfast, and shopping.
Dates and Hours in 2014:
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June-October

Marblehead Veterans Middle School, 217 Pleasant Street (enter from Vine Street) Marblehead, MA, 01945 Phone:

Vendors at this market specialize in fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, local honey and a variety of hand-crafted products like pottery, handbags, fine art, jewelry and much more. Find a souvenir for your New England vacation here!
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon; May 31-November 22

Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone:

This robust and lively outdoor celebration of seasonal food features local and organic vegetables, fruits and herbs. Artisan breads and baked goods, goat cheese, honey, eggs, cut flowers, jams, sauces, soaps and more are available here. Rain or shine.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Thursday, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; June-October

Behind Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street Wellfleet, MA Phone:

This market is full of fun and food -- vendors gather to offer you their best products for growing a garden, coffee, spices, dairy products, meat, handmade crafts, and much more.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon; May 14 to October 15, plus a holiday market TBA

Cyr Arena at Forest Park Springfield, MA, 01108 Phone: 413-737-1724

Rain or shine, this market brings you organic, and conventional produce, bread, honey, goats' milk soap, grass-fed beef, hormone free pork, and much, much more.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Tuesday, 12:30 to 6 p.m.; May-October

Old Rochester Regional School, Route 6 Mattapoisett, MA Phone: 508-498-9900

This community market brings together local growers and producers of food and gifts, like honey, handmade kid's clothing, and more.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m.; June 3-October 14

Derby Square, Front Street Salem, MA Phone: 978-744-0004 Ext -15

This market features more than just fresh local food; vendors of crafts, baby clothing, jewelry, scarves, baskets, and glass will be on site as well. 2010 will feature at least ten farms, including a new creamery from New Hampshire, preserves and cheese from a Vermont farm, and Asian vegetables.  The lobsters will be back, as will some favorite farms from the region selling the freshest local produce.
Dates & Hours in 2014-- mid-June to late October, Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.

Pepperell Town Field Pepperell, MA, 01463 Phone:

This market is a conglomeration of farms, craftspeople, artists, and food galore. The usual farmer's market fare also comes with frequent displays of art and handmade gifts.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 14-October 4

Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Drive New Braintree, MA Phone:

At this market you'll find locally grown produce, New England seafood, handmade pasta, cranberries, coffees, and ready-to-eat treats and meals. Rain or shine.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 14-October 25. There will be an indoor Thanksgiving market (TBA)

Arthur J. Clark Government Building (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 in 2014: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 14-November 8

Summer location: The Grange Hall on State Road; Winter location: indoors at 35 Panhandle Road West Tisbury, MA, 02568 Phone: 508-693-4359

This market is a jam-packed event with live local talent, plenty of specialty food vendors with exotic treats, flowers and herbs.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon; June 7-October 11; Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon (June 18-August 27); June 19 to August 25.

Court Square Greenfield, MA Phone:

This market features fresh, locally grown food with local craft vendors such as herbal ointments and salves, hand-thrown pottery, handmade portable chicken coops, cutting boards and custom-made furniture pieces, hand-crafted jewelry and more.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; April 26-November 22

Corner of Woburn Street and Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA, 02420 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 in 2014: Tuesdays, 2-6:30 p.m.; May-late October

Veterans Park, 150 Rantoul Street and Railroad Avenue Beverly, MA Phone: 978-473-9891

Vendors at the Beverly Farmers Market provide fresh vegetables and herbs, specialty Asian vegetables and herbs, fruits, flowers, honey and sauces, seafood, gourmet organic dog treats, ceramic art, local woodcraft, massage and music. This is a beautiful market in a child friendly, dog friendly, picnic friendly park.
Dates & Hours in 2014-- mid-June to early October, Mondays, 3-7 p.m.