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There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than heading out into the warm sunshine and visiting a farmers’ market. While you’re browsing the stalls, you’ll come across healthy items to fill your basket, from fresh tomatoes to loaves of whole grain bread. As you stock up on groceries, you might even come across treasures, like jewelry or artwork.
We asked readers for their favorite farmers’ markets to visit, and they shared their top recommendations. Below, we’ve put together a guide to 17 markets that you can visit in Greater Boston this summer, highlighting select vendors, and what readers had to say about them. Scroll down to find a spot near you, and discover local farms and businesses when you visit.
At this Dorchester institution in Peabody Square, a staple in the community, you’ll be able to purchase fish, cheese and dairy, handmade goods, and more. Every week, there are food trucks, live music, and games for kids, and it’s impossible to miss the market when you step out of the Ashmont T station.
Where: 1900 Dorchester Ave., Boston
When: Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 14 to September 29; Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 1 to October 27.
At this curated shopping experience at the Town Hall Mall, you’ll find a plethora of offerings, from high-end pastries, to granola, locally-roasted coffee, arepas, and salsa. Each week, catch live music ranging from country to bluegrass and jazz.
Where: Braintree Town Hall Mall, 1 JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 17 to October 14.
Readers say: “Ample parking, great vendors, diverse options, and possibly the best arepa I’ve ever had.” —Mark, Quincy
Since 2016, the Brighton Farmers Market has been bringing visitors locally-grown produce, sustainable meats, specialty foods, and other goods. The market also hosts the Concerts in the Common series, where you can listen to live music ranging from R&B to pop-urban, as well as activities like yoga.
Where: Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave., Boston
When: Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., June 14 to September 27; Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 1 to October 25.
This Norfolk County farmers’ market strives to bring together local farmers and artisans, also providing education on topics like where food comes from. Throughout the season, there will be appearances from groups like Trike Called Funk to get people dancing, a karate studio for a lesson, and a coding tent for training.
Where: 960 Washington St., Canton
When: Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through October 22.
Readers say: “Great variety, community feel, quality food, and great for kids and families.” —Amy, Canton
Charlestown Farmers Market is a quirky, atypical market in the heart of the neighborhood. Now entering its 28th year, the market tries to give a space for local small businesses that may not yet have a brick and mortar shop, and it has a community-centric vibe.
Where: Main Street and Austin Street, Boston
When: Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 28 to October 25.
At Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway, you’ll discover this market organized by Chinatown Main Street in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Food Justice. Pick up Asian pears, winter melon, longan fruit, and baked goods such as roasted pork buns.
Where: Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Rd., Boston
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 8 and 22; August 12 and 26; September 2 and 23; and October 7 and 21.
The Codman Square Farmers Market emphasizes food justice, striving to bring healthy food options to the neighborhood and address health inequities. The market is supported in part by BOLD Teens, a youth group that lends it an intergenerational feel, and every week, a new theme is featured.
Where: 360 Talbot Ave., Boston
When: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 15 to October 14.
At the McKim Plaza outside the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library, this vibrant farmers’ market emerged in 1978 and has been at the forefront of many efforts, such as bringing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to markets. While its focus is on food and agriculture, the Copley Square Farmers Market sometimes features artisans selling goods like sheep’s milk soap and reusable produce bags.
Where: 227-230 Dartmouth St., Boston
When: Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; through November 21.
Readers say: “Definitely love Yummy Mummy Bakery’s espresso brownie!” —Nancy, Southborough
Across the street from American Flatbread, a bowling alley and pizzeria, is the Davis Square Farmers Market, a community-minded spot that offers goods such as goats milk cheese, chipotle pikliz, baked items, and soaps. Many vendors who don’t yet have a shop see the market as an incubator, where they can launch their dreams.
Where: 44 Day St., Somerville
When: Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., through November 22.
Organized with the mission to combat food insecurity in East Boston and bring residents healthy, local food, this market is a vibrant place to pick up produce. This season, there will be live music, arts activities for kids, and a tent that features free reiki to destress and a cooling station.
Where: Central Square Park, 200 Border St., Boston
When: Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., July 12 to October 18.
A diverse place to shop in Lexington, this market offers customers a chance to chat and talk with the people who have made and grown the goods. It’s a “breakfast to dessert” destination, where you could get the granola you need in the morning, as well as home baked cookies for after supper.
Where: Worthen Road Practice Field, 112 Worthen Rd., Lexington
When: Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., through September; Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 1 to October 31.
Readers say: “Variety and parking.” —D. Money, Lexington
Run by the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, this market was created to help residents get more healthy food options and address the obesity epidemic. It features Caribbean produce such as callaloo, as well as bitter oranges, jasmine rice, and different kinds of beans. With a family feel, it supports a Summer Eats program, giving free lunch and snacks to youth ages 18 and under.
Where: 882 Cummins Highway, Mattapan
When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 8 to October 28.
Now in its second season, this new, small farmers’ market arose out of a pandemic effort to fight food insecurity. A rich variety of foods are available to purchase here, such as mangos, yucca, kale, and avocados.
Where: 145 Dudley St., Boston
When: Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 6 through October 28.
At this community-minded market, you can stop by for things that grow — like radishes and seedlings for kitchen spices — but you’ll also find arts and crafts, from beauty products to pottery and candles. Live music will take place this season, and kids will enjoy activities like story time and meeting baby animals.
Where: Adams Park, 4225 Washington St., Boston
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through November 18.
Readers say: “Best diversity of products and a nice rotating schedule between vendors.” —Rob
What’s special about the SoWa Open Market is that it is nestled in between art galleries, artist studios, and retail shops. At the market, you can purchase items like microgreens, doughnuts, and kombucha, but you’ll also find the works and goods like Peruvian folk art and African printed napkins. Attend a live art demo this summer, and peruse their offerings.
Where: 500 Harrison Ave., Boston
When: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., through October 29.
Surrounded by skyscrapers, you’ll find this farmers’ market at Dewey Square on The Greenway, attracting a diverse range of clientele. Purchase farm-made biscuits and cider doughnuts from Kimball Fruit Farm or locally-sourced fresh fish from Cape Ann Fresh Catch. Pop-ups from Massachusetts businesses will also make appearances.
Where: Dewey Square Plaza on The Greenway, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston
When: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., through November 21.
Readers say: “Perfect, well-rounded selection of handpicked farm fresh fruits and vegetables, daily catches, pasture-raised meat and eggs, plants, baked goods, plus specialty products!” —Shannon, Medford
The Waltham Farmers’ Market has evolved over the years to become a place that supports middle and low income residents trying to access healthy food. You’ll be able to shop for Asian market vegetables, lobster and fish, samosas, dumplings, and pastries from a Greek bakery here.
Where: Embassy Parking Garage, 16 Pine St., Waltham
When: Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., through October 28.
Readers say: “It’s a fun time. There’s often live music and always a wide choice of local food growers, including organic and specialty farms, to shop from. The location is right next to the river and to the lovely pedestrian mall on Moody Street, with its wide assortment of restaurants and shops.” —Amy, Waltham
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