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South Boston Farmer's Market going strong after 10 years in business

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 25, 2012 07:02 AM

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Along bustling West Broadway, a bus rolls by and motorists wait at stoplights inching forward in anticipation of the green. Tucked along the sidewalk nearby, next to Mt. Washington Bank and away from the fumes and chaos, sits the South Boston Farmer’s Market, providing city-dwellers over ten-years of access to fresh, locally grown, affordable produce.

The market, which is the brainchild of Mary Lou Rosher of the South Boston WIC program and is supported by the South Boston Community Health Center, is open every Monday from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. It gives residents a chance to pick up some fresh arugula or catch up with neighbors.

“I come here because the produce is fresh and I like to support local businesses,” said Cindy Bell, a South Boston resident. “It also helps me get out of the office.”

The market, which is located in front of the city’s municipal parking lot by East and West Broadway, offers a little something for everyone, from locally made honey, to fresh vegetables, and local crafts.

All the vendors at the market are from Massachusetts, keeping money spent at the market in the Commonwealth.

“We live in Southie so it’s really convenient,” said Gerard D’Arcy, who was at the market Monday with his daughter Fiona. “A lot of it is about teaching the kids where their food comes from, plus it keeps the money local.”

In addition to the fresh veggies the market is one of six in the city that are part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s initiative to increase access to fresh caught fish.

“It’s been wonderfully successful for us,” said David Henchy, co-owner of the Cape Cod Fish Share.

Henchy had a bounty of local fish for customers Monday, offering up scallops, swordfish, and striped bass, caught off of Cape Cod.

“We’re thrilled to be here. It opens up a new market for us,” said Henchy. “We have such great fish in New England and sometimes people don’t know about it.”

While shoppers may not be accustomed to the fresh fish, the market has grown in popularity in the past 10-years, with over 200 shoppers coming out every Monday, according to market staff.

“It’s fresh, it’s close, and people can actually talk to the people who grew the food; it really just brings people closer to their food,” said Susan Nalband, the assistant market manager.

The market is open every Monday until Nov. 19 and accepts WIC, EBT, Bounty Bucks, and senior coupons.

For more information about the market, visit its Facebook page.

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(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)

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