To Market, To Market
May 29, 2013

My family is lucky to be able to walk to what I think is one of the best farmers’ markets in the city, the Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market in Adams Park. The market runs every Saturday, June 1 through the end of October.

Markets are a great way to get kids excited about what they eat, especially if you make it into an adventure for them. Start a new family tradition: Put them in charge of finding vegetables to use as pizza toppings. Dessert can be fruit smoothies or pie made with berries that are in season. When kids get invested in what they are eating and figure out how delicious all that fresh food is, they’re more likely to make healthy food choices as they grow up.

This Saturday, June 1, is the kick-off to Roslindale’s 28th season. Carlos Arredondo, the Roslindale resident who helped save lives at the finish line at the Boston Marathon bombings, will officially open the market with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Shoppers can contribute to the One Fund Boston to assist victims of the bombings if they wish.

In addition to the more than 60 vendors that are featured throughout the season (over 30 stalls are set up each week, with everything from fresh produce to artisanal cheese), children’s activities and live entertainment are scheduled every Saturday through Oct. 26. The market is open rain or shine every, Saturday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market.

 

More Local Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands

Allandale Farm
Boston’s last working farm, at 250 years old, boasts of certified naturally grown crops using organic methods. It sells its produce on-site at an indoor farm stand, as well as at a few other spots around town.

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
In addition to produce, this market offers a lot of great gourmet spreads, sauces, granola, and jams.

Copley Square Farmers Market
If you are touring the city, you can pick up picnic items at this Back Bay market, which sells lots of ready-to-eat food as well as fruits, vegetables, and other goods.

Dedham Farmers Market
Besides fresh vegetables and fruits, you can pick up fresh seafood at this market. Just make sure to pack a cooler in your trunk to take it home.

Haymarket
This 200-year-old market, open year-round, is more than a tourist attraction; it’s also a staple for inexpensive fruits, vegetables, and seafood.

For more information or to find other markets around the state, the Federation of Mass Farmers Markets is a good resource (massfarmersmarkets.org). Every market has different days and hours. Check in advance for details.

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