According to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Massachusetts ranks 6th in the country in number of farmers' markets, and the number of farm shares, or CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture programs) is ever-increasing. But the growing season is snort in New England. Most markets and CSAs wind down in October, leaving locally-minded consumers in the lurch. Fortunately, more and more sources of winter produce are springing up in our area.
For the casual consumer, winter farmers markets are one of the best ways to get locally and sustainably grown produce in the off-season. There are several markets that stay open through the fall, closing up shop only once winter has really set in.
- The Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays through November 24 from 11AM - 6PM. 5PM closing once daylight savings time ends.
- The Davis Square Farmers Market is also open every Wednesday, from noon to 6PM, through Thanksgiving. 5PM closing once daylight savings time ends.
- The Jamaica Plain Farmers Market runs until just before Christmas. Hours are 12:00PM - 5:00PM on Tuesdays and till 3:00PM on Saturdays.
- For last-minute holiday shopping, Lexington’s Seasons Four will host a one-day winter market on Tuesday, November 23.
To find other local farmers' markets to shop at this fall, search the Mass Farmers Markets database.