Eat Local at Somerville’s Farmers Markets

One of the first Somerville events that really drew me into the community was the farmers market. An avid home cook and passionate supporter of all things local, it really spoke to me. Years later, the farmers markets are still one of my favorite parts of living in the city, especially because there are now several options to choose from, ensuring you can eat local no matter your schedule or location. And with spring in full swing, the warm-weather markets are kicking off for the season. Here’s where to shop in Somerville:

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Assembly Farmers Market

Season: June 7-October 31
Open Days/Hours: Every Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (rain or shine)
Location: Next to J.P. Licks/River Bar at Assembly Row
What You’ll Find: Produce, meat, seafood, cheese/dairy, wine, baked goods and speciality foods (like marshmallows, bread and pasta). Here’s a full list of Assembly Farmers Market vendors.
Payment Methods: Cash, credit, debit, SNAP/EBT. SNAP users receive a $1-to-$1 match of up to $10 each week on purchases.
Get Involved: Volunteer to help at the market on Sundays or donate (online or at the market) to support the SNAP Match Program, which directly helps local low-income families access healthy food.
Learn more: Read the background on the expansion of Somerville’s farmers markets into this revitalized neighborhood.

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Davis Square Farmers Market

Season: May 20-November 25
Open Days/Hours: Every Wednesday from noon-6 p.m. (rain or shine)
Location: Parking Lot at the corner of Day and Herbert Streets, Davis Square
What You’ll Find: Produce (including Hmong-Asian vegetables), meat, seafood, cheese/dairy, wine, baked goods and speciality foods (like spices, pasta and nuts).
Payment Methods: Cash, credit, debit, SNAP/EBT. SNAP users receive a $1-to-$1 match of up to $10 each week on purchases.
Get Involved: Donate at the market to support the SNAP Match Program, which directly helps local low-income families access healthy food.
Learn more: Here’s a look at the 2014 Davis Square Farmers Market.

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Somerville Mobile Farmers Market

Season: July 10-October 31
Open Days/Hours: Fridays from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Winter Hill Community School and from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library East Branch; Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Clarendon Housing and from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Mystic Housing
Locations: See above. And stay tuned for bicycle mini-markets powered by Groundwork Somerville’s Green Team youth.
What You’ll Find: Organic and integrated pest management produce from core crops like corn, tomatoes, eggplant, kale, lettuce and fruit, as well as culturally specific produce like callaloo.
Payment Methods: Cash, EBT, Debit, Credit, WIC Farmers’ Market Coupons and Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons. All customers using food assistance get half-off of their purchase to ensure that all community members have access to healthy food at a price affordable for them. A small portion of full-price purchases go toward supporting affordable produce for low-income families, so every purchase counts in the effort to increase food security for all in Somerville
Get Involved: Visit Shape Up Somerville’s Facebook page for volunteer opportunities. Donations are accepted at every market site. The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market will be hosting a fundraiser at Aeronaut Brewing on July 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to support the market. Come enjoy great produce and local beer for a good cause!
Learn more: Read the story behind the Somerville Mobile Farmers Market.

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Union Square Farmers Market

Season: May 16-November 21
Open Days/Hours: Every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain or shine)
Location: Union Square Plaza
What You’ll Find: Produce, meat, seafood, cheese/dairy, wine, baked goods, grains and dried beans, speciality foods (like chocolate, tempeh and ice cream). Here’s a full list of Union Square Farmers Market vendors.
Payment Methods: Cash, credit, debit, SNAP/EBT. SNAP users receive a $1-to-$1 match of up to $10 each week on purchases.
Get Involved: Volunteer to help at the market on Saturdays or donate (online or at the market) to support the SNAP Match Program, which directly helps local low-income families access healthy food.
Learn more: Check out photos from the opening day of the 2015 seasonPhotos and details about the 2014 Union Square Farmers Market. Photos from the 2013 Union Square Farmers Market. Photos from the 2012 Union Square Farmers Market.

What’s your favorite thing to buy at the farmers market? We love all of the fresh, local produce, especially berries, and seafood!

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