Massachusetts’ Market Scene Continues to Grow Year-Round

Markets across the Commonwealth offer a wide variety for shoppers

BOSTON — May 31, 2013— All around Massachusetts, indoor and outdoor markets are becoming a weekly part of life for many residents. Offering produce, meat, baked goods, and arts and crafts, the markets provide a place for shopping, browsing, and learning about local producers while also creating space for communities to come together. Just a few of the many markets in Massachusetts are listed below. For more information on markets, shopping, and Massachusetts’ culinary scene, visit massvacation.com/culinary.

Greater Boston

SoWa Open Market, Boston
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the local craft and food market. Held along Harrison Ave in the SoWa district of Boston’s South End, the market is open every Sunday, May through October. The market combines vendors from farmers markets and craft shows, with local growers, eateries, and indie designers, throwing in an enticing row of food trucks for good measure.  sowaopenmarket.com

SoWa Holiday Market, Boston
SoWa Open Market’s off-season is kept busy by preparing for their Holiday Market, held one weekend in early December. The market features the best of local independent designers, artists, and crafters, guaranteeing the shoppers will find an original gift for everyone. sowaholidaymarket.com

Greenway Open Market, Boston
This vibrant arts market on the Rose Kennedy Greenway along the Wharf District Parks features talented local artists, crafters, and independent designers. If you need a break from shopping, you can stop to enjoy a local food truck. It’s held every Saturday from May to October. greenwayopenmarket.com

Eat Boutique, Boston
Eat Boutique is both a magazine and market that seeks to uncover the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. They host intimate tasting events and local markets for favorite food makers and cookbook authors. They hold a fall market and a holiday market in addition to various one-time events around Boston. eatboutiquemarkets.com

Cape Cod and the Islands

Mahoney’s Indoor Winter Markets, Falmouth
Mahoney’s Garden Center in Falmouth hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 18 through October 29. Featuring locally-grown vegetables, herbs, fruits, cheeses, meats, fish, pastas, baked breads, desserts, coffees & olive oils, Mahoney’s encourages folks to buy local, buy fresh, and buy from the farmer! Its’ winter market runs every Saturday January to March. mahoneysgarden.com

The Sandwich Bazaar, Sandwich
Combining the 20-year-old Sandwich Flea Market and the much younger Sandwich Farmers Market, the Sandwich Bazaar at Oakcrest Cove has the best local farmers and artisans from the Cape Cod area. The summer market occurs every Wednesday morning from April to October and every Sunday morning from June to September. The winter market occurs every Saturday from November to March at the Henry T. Wing School. thesandwichbazaar.com

South of Boston

Hingham Shipyard Holiday Market, Hingham
The Hingham Shipyard Holiday Market is an annual, juried holiday gift show featuring the best New England artisans. The event is held during a weekend in late November. hinghamholidaymarket.com

Farmers Market at Attleboro Farms, North Attleboro
Every Sunday, the garden center of Attleboro Farms opens up to local farmers and artisan food producers and customers. As a well-established local grower itself, Attleboro Farms seeks to support area farmers and producers with this year-round location, even holding a special holiday market during the cold months. attleborofarms.com

North of Boston and Greater Merrimack Valley

Salem Open Market, Salem
Can’t get enough of Halloween? Neither can the folks at Salem Open Market! Held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during October in downtown Salem, this open-air market is a celebration of all things haunted, with seasonal products from local artisans and designers. salemopenmarket.com

Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester
Rocky Neck Art Colony is one of the country’s oldest continuously working art colonies, having attracted some of the nations most illustrious artists and home to dozens of accomplished artists. Visitors can take part in events, lectures, and exhibits, tour galleries, and visit local restaurants and shops. rockyneckartcolony.org

Central Massachusetts

Harvard Farmers’ Market, Harvard
More of a harvest market, this runs on Saturdays from August through October. Close to the Shaker Village, Harvard has an interesting history and has remained a well-preserved rural community. The market hosts local farms, eateries, and wineries. harvardfarmersmarket.org

Western Massachusetts

Amherst Farmers Market, Amherst
This market has been in operation for more than 40 years, and it has won a few awards in that time. Most people are surprised to find that they can complete most of their shopping at the market because of the wide variety of products and farmers found there. amherstfarmersmarket.com

Hager’s Farm Market, Shelburne
This family farm on the Mohawk Trail offers their own wide variety of maple products, cheese, meat, produce, ice cream, and more. Their farm stand sells all of their products in addition to local beer, wine, produce, and gift items. hagersfarmmarket.net

Tuesday Market, Northampton
Held every Tuesday in May through November, this slightly unusual outdoor market provides the usual offerings from local farmers, artisans, and food boutiques, but with the added bonus of live music. They also have some special programs in the mix, such as FoodStampsX2, doubling the value of food stamps, and In the Kitchen, a collection of products and events meant to encourage cooking. northamptontuesdaymarket.com

Farmers’ Market at Forest Park, Springfield
The regular season at this market is May through October, with the market available every Tuesday. During the winter, they open on select weekends. Almost all of their regular vendors are farms in Massachusetts, with plenty of variety in products. farmersmarketatforestpark.com

MassDOT Markets

MassDOT’s Farmer’s Market Program invites local farmers to take advantage of free space to sell their home grown produce and made-in-Massachusetts products at 18 Service Plazas.  Eleven plazas are located along I-90 and seven others along other Massachusetts state highways. mass.gov/agr/massgrown/farmers_markets

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