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From fast casual to gourmet, award-winning menus, when it comes to finding the right bite to eat in Massachusetts, there’s something for everyone. So, for a little culinary inspiration, we recommend that you check out our Foodie Finds idea board or our “Eat” page.
Till then, today on MassFinds, we’re focusing in on some spots where local, fresh fare is the forte: farmers’ markets!
Without further ado, here are some great Massachusetts farmers markets to explore, as well as a few tips on how to find your way there.
It’s no surprise that there’s fresh food aplenty in the Berkshires, which host some of the finest farms in Massachusetts. The bounty from those farms translates into some excellent farmers markets, and the one in North Adams is up there with the best of them; you’ll find fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses and much in store. The market takes place 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and runs from the end of June through October. For a list of participating farms and directions to the market, click here. You can also stay in the loop about what’s happening with the North Adams market on Facebook.
North Adams Market, Credit: North Adams Farmers’ Market Facebook Page
A 90-minute drive southeast from North Adams, you’ll find the Amherst farmers’ market, one of the best places for a little local food and fun. The Amherst market has been in operation for more than 40 years and boasts a robust collection of farmers. You can also browse by vendor or food type, which runs the gamut from nuts to foraged edibles to prepared meals. Directions to the market, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from April through November, are here. To stay tuned in to day-to-day happenings, keep an eye on the Amherst market Facebook page.
Amherst Market, Credit: Amherst Farmers’ Market Facebook Page
Salem is one of Massachusetts’ most historic towns and it just so happens to have a first-class farmers’ market, too. The Salem market runs from mid-June through the fourth week in October, taking place each Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The vendor list doesn’t just include fruits and veggies; local pasta, chocolates, pastries and, of course, seafood and chowder are also available for purchase. For directions to the market, which is located in Derby Square, click here. You can also stay in touch on Facebook.
Salem Market, Credit: Kendra Clineff
Food is the substance of every farmers’ market, but in Plymouth, tasty fare is only the beginning. The Plymouth Farmers’ Market also beckons with delicious recipes, in addition to collaborative cooking lessons with local chefs and a summer music series. Like the farmers’ market, these events run from June through the end of October. The Plymouth market is held on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Plimoth Plantation. Hours and directions are here. For the latest, check out the market page on Facebook.
Plymouth Market, Credit: @plymouthfarmersmarket on Instagram
The Quincy Farmers’ Market lies just south of Boston, one of the many terrific markets to choose from in the Greater Boston area. Quincy has plenty of options when it comes to farm-fresh food, as well as wine, seafood and sweets selections. The Quincy market also hosts gardening groups and children’s activities, along with personal care products. The Quincy Farmers’ Market is held on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June through November. You can find driving directions here and you can also find the market on Facebook.
Although the Quincy Farmers’ Market has enough variety to last shoppers the whole summer, it’s far from the only Boston farmers’ market. To see the multitude of markets you can reach on the T, click here. For farmers’ markets easily accessible off the Mass Pike, click here.
Quincy market, Credit: Quincy Farmers’ Market Facebook Page
Granted, this is just small sampling of Massachusetts’ many farmers’ markets! For a much more robust listing, click here. Is there a farmers’ market that we should add to our list? Let us know in the comments!