(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
The Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmerís Market opened for the season Friday, providing residents with a one-stop shopping for everything from organic arugula to homemade crafts.
Now in its fourth year, the market has become a hit at its location adjacent to the Ashmont Red Line MBTA Station.
Offering residents the very best in produce, home goods, plants, and even fresh fish itís hard to find the same offerings in the neighborhood all in one place.
ďI absolutely love it,Ē said Brandt Elliott, a five-year resident of Dorchester as he browsed the stands. ďItís great to get off the T and get fresh vegetables. There arenít a lot of options like that around here, and itís a good mix.Ē
The market features vendors from across the state representing smaller niche farms that provide organic and sustainable produce at competitive prices. Along with the selection the use of SNAP, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons make the market accessible to all income levels, providing residents with Whole Foods quality vegetables at affordable prices.
Through Mayorís Thomas M. Meninoís Bounty Bucks program, residents are also able to increase the buying power of their SNAP benefits, with each dollar spent at a farmerís market doubled.
ďItís great to be using the space [Ashmont Station] and enjoying it,Ē said Tim Deihl, the market manager and Dorchester resident. ďItís also good because itís affordable and creates a gathering spot in a fantastic neighborhood.Ē
Although the food is what draws many to the market, the face painting and live music are also a hit, bringing in residents to check out the stands, enjoy their neighborhood and fellow residents.
ďThereís a lot being offered he but they can also see whatís across the street,Ē said Dan Larner, executive director of the Saint Markís Area Main Street. ďThe market helps showcase everything that is offered in Ashmont.Ē
While the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmerís Market is only open on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. Ė 7:00 p.m. with summer in full swing all the markets throughout Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan are open for business. Below is a list of markets around the neighborhoods.
Bowdoin Geneva Farmerís Market located at 230 Bowdoin St. open Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Codman Square Farmerís Market located at the Codman Commons open Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fields Corner Farmerís Market located at the corner of Dorchester Ave. and Park St. open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmerís Market located at the Ashmont MBTA Station open Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dorchester House Farmerís Market located at 1353 Dorchester Ave. open Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dudley Town Common Farmerís Market located at the corner of Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mattapan Farmerís Market located at 525 River St. open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
ReVision Urban Farm Stand at the corner of Arbutus St. and Blue Hill Ave. open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.