Eat your fruits and vegetables, people. Here are the best farmers markets across Massachusetts for loading up those eco-friendly reusable totes with yummy produce and locally-made gourmet treats.
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1. North Adams Farmers Market, North Adams
This giant market is the perfect place for a fun and summery family outing. The wares are super fresh and the farmers are more than willing to explain hw their food is grown. There's usually a great selection of flowers, too! The market is open Saturdays (9 a.m. - 1 p.m), June through October. The market is located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot.
2. Lanesboro Farmers Market, Lanesborough
The Bradley Farm, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Windy Ridge Farm and Cricket Creek Farm all attend this awesome market. Fresh fruit, greens, and veggies abound! The market is open on Wednesday (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.), May to October.
3. Brookfield Orchards, North Brookfield
Though they operate as more of a country store than a farmer's market, Brookfield Farms offers some of the most delicious seasonal apple products in the state. Sample their delectable turnovers and dumplings, or head out into the orchards to pick your own fruit.
4. Boylston Plaza Farmers Market, Boston
Located right at the Prudential Center in Boston, this farmers market is great for those looking to get some downtown shopping done AND score some great produce. Check out their great selection of artisan nuts and grains. This The market runs every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. during the summer.
5. Hopestill Farm Traveling Market
Hopestill Farm has been growing tasty produce since the 1600s! Their traveling farm stand operates around Sherborn and offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Check out their main digs in Sherborn.
6. Northampton Farmers Market, Northampton
Also known as the NoHo farmers market, this is a great summer and winter market for yummy local fare. It's been going strong for 40 years! Check out their website for a full list of summer vendor farms (there are too many to list here) and stop by Saturdays (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.), April through November.
7. Great Barrington Farmers Market, Great Barrington
Summer 2016 will be this awesome market's 24th season. Stop by for really tasty maple syrup, locally picked mushrooms, fresh eggs, tangy sauerkraut, tempeh, dried and fresh herbs, pork, chicken and lamb It's open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and located at 18 Church Street, about half a block from Main Street.
8. Boston Public Market, Boston
This is a permanent and year-round (indoor!) farmer's market that brings together over 39 vendors. More than just fruits and veggies, this market works with local gourmet chefs and artisans to deliver incredible chocolate creations, wonderful pastries, and unique canned and fermented foods. The cheeses and breads are also superb. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. year-round.
9. Copley Square Farmers Market, Boston
Located in the scenic Back Bay neighborhood, this amazing market is smack dab in front of the stunning Trinity Episcopal Church. It's a great way for urbanites to get their weekly dose of fresh veggies without leaving the city. Stop by every Tuesday and Friday (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) from May to November. NOTE: this market accepts SNAP and Bounty Bucks!
10. Salem Farmers Market, Salem
This market runs mid-June to the end of October. In addition to great, fresh produce, you can find incredible handmade pasta and delicious seafood meals here. Stop by every Thursday (3 p.m. - 7 p.m.) at Derby Square.
11. Plymouth Farmers Market, Plymouth
While there's plenty of fresh farm produce, the Plymouth market actually hosts frequent cooking demos by local chefs and regular live music. Make it a day trip and bring the whole family. This great little market is held from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday from June through November.
12. Quincy Farmers Market, Quincy
This is a great place to pick up from fresh seafood and awesome local wines. Just don't get it confused with Quincy Market when you're on the T! Check out this market every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June through November.
13. CSAs are great too!
If you don't have time to actually shop around your local market, you can get the season's freshest fare assembled for you! CSAs (community supported agriculture) are basically monthly or weekly crates of tasty food from local farms, which you pay for through a subscription that supports that farm. Many even offer home delivery! Check out that basket from Sweet William Farm in Upton!
Do you have a favorite Massachusetts farms market that we didn’t mention? Let us know!