The sun is high, the temperature is climbing, the scarves and mittens are tucked away for the season, and everything is in bloom. If you haven’t walked outside recently, you should know we’re well into Springtime. So I have just one question: Do you know where your local Farmers’ Markets are? Well, you should. If you’ve yet to locate your neighborhood market, or maybe you just moved to town, the BU Gastronomy Blog has you covered!
I’m sure many of you are experienced farmers’ market shoppers, but here are a few pieces of gear to make this season’s shopping that much better.
1. Start with a large reusable bag, big enough to hold all your impulse buys and tall things like bread or bunches of greens. 2. Instead of throwing your empty berry baskets and egg cartons into the recycling bin, ask vendors if they might use them to package their own goods(even if they can’t, they’ll appreciate the gesture). 3. Some markets and vendors still only accept cash and you don’t want to miss out on the last bunch of kale due to an emergency ATM run. 4. Sometimes you’ll find a nifty new fruit or veg, but have no idea what to do with it when you get home. Look up some recipes on a smartphone or tablet before adding the new produce to your shopping bag. 5. Its hot out there! Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated! 6. Keep your newly purchased goods from rolling around in your big shopping bag by containing each variety in its own reusable mesh produce bag. Alternatively you can reuse paper bags or those thin plastic produce bags you get in the grocery store. Off to the market!
The following list includes various markets in the Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville area with dates, locations, and times for each.
Allston Village Market
Saturdays starting May 11, in front of the Jackson Mann School at 500 Cambridge Street Union Square, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Boston Public Market – Dewey Square
Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 21– November 26, on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, from 11:30 am – 6:30 pm.
Boston Public Market – City Hall
Mondays and Wednesdays from May 20 – November 27, along Congress Street near City Hall Plaza, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (5:00 pm after Nov. 3).
Copley Square Market
Tuesdays and Fridays from May 14 – November 26, Along St. James Avenue, Dartmouth Street & Boylston Street, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Roslindale Village Market
Saturdays from June 1 – November 23, in Adams Park, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Charles Square Market
Sundays from May 19 – November 24, in the Charles Hotel Courtyard (Harvard Square), from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Central Square Farmers Market
Mondays from May 20 – November 18, in Central Square, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Harvard University Farmers Market
Tuesdays from June 11 – October 29, in Science Center Plaza, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Cambridge Center Farmers Market
Wednesdays from May 15 – October 30, on Main Street near Kendall/MIT Station, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Kendall Square Farmers Market
Thursdays from June 6 – October 31, 500 Kendall Street, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Davis Square Farmers Market
Wednesdays from May 22 – November 20, in Davis Square, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Union Square Market
Saturdays from June 1 – November 23, in Union Square, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Mark your calendars and make your way to your local farmers’ market. Comment below if you come across any new and interesting fruit or veg.