Somerville is home to three fabulous farmers markets, one of which is opening for the season on Wednesday. The Davis Square Farmers Market can be found in the parking lot on the corner of Day and Herbert Streets on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m. from May 21 through November 26 (early closing at 5 p.m. begins November 5).
“It’s been a great market. It’s good for shoppers, convenient,” said Market Manager Peter Ward. “It’s nice to be outside.” Though he added that it has been known to snow during the last market of the year.
While new farmers markets seem to spring up every season, the one in Davis Square has been around for at least 20 years, according to Ward. He has been the market’s steward for the last seven years, witnessing the increasing demand for fresh, local food firsthand.
“The young people in Somerville are really into food,” Ward said. “It’s a back to the farm, local thing.”
When the market opens on Wednesday, customers will find many returning vendors as well as some new faces among those selling locally grown and produced food. Three organic farmers, Enterprise, Blue Heron and Bug Hill, will be there selling fruits and vegetables. And later in the season, Nicewicz Family Farm will be back with its apples, pears, peaches and plums.
And shoppers will find that the Davis Square Farmers Market offers more than just produce. The Amazing Smokehouse will be back with fish, Copicut Farms will be selling chicken and eggs and River Rock Farm will have beef. You can also pick up a sweet treat from local favorites Union Square Donuts, Tipping Cow Ice Cream and the Danish Pastry House.
More than 35,000 people visit the Davis Square Farmers Market over the course of a season. And each market sees 30-50 people taking advantage of the market’s acceptance of SNAP and WIC. Much like the Union Square Farmers Market, the Davis Market matches funds so those dollars go even farther.
“We augment through grant programs. We were one of the first ones to do that for shoppers,” Ward said of accepting food assistance benefits at the market. “Opening it up to make it affordable to low-income people is a huge accomplishment.”
As for what shoppers can except on the first day of the market, Ward said that Kimball Fruit Farm will be bringing hydroponically grown tomatoes. Strawberries shouldn’t be far behind. Both will likely be a welcome sight after a winter that at times felt like it just wouldn’t end.
Parking lot at the corner of Day and Herbert Streets
May 21-November 26
Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m.
Rain or shine