One of the best parts about living in Somerville is our abundance of farmers markets that give us nearly year-round access to locally grown and produced food. And this Saturday, June 1, is the kick-off for the 2013 Union Square Farmers Market season, which runs through November 23.
The Union Square Farmers Market is open every Saturday of its season from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. At the market you’ll find seasonal fruits and vegetables, delicious baked goods and sweets, local meat, eggs, fish and cheese, fresh bread and so much more. I’ve written about many of the farmers market vendors, like Culinary Cruisers/Ocean Ave Pops, Fiore di Nonno, Taza Chocolate, Green City Growers, Journeyman, Mochi Kitchen and Spindler Confections, and the Beat will be at the market doing community outreach on July 13 and October 5.
New this year is this handy interactive map, which allows you to find out which vendors will be at the market, when they’ll be there and where their stands are located. Note that while many vendors appear at the market each week, there are a lot of rotating vendors that will make appearances on various Saturdays throughout the season.
And if you’re looking for something to do with all of the goodies you purchase at the market, we’ve teamed up with locavore chefs Cuisine en Locale to bring you recipes each month featuring seasonal ingredients.
While you’re shopping, you can listen to the sounds of local musicians as they play in the Union Square Plaza. And if you want to make a day out of visiting the market, I recommend having breakfast, brunch or lunch at one of Union Square’s terrific restaurants. I’m partial to Bloc 11, Sherman Cafe, The Independent and Union Square Donuts for daytime eats.
Union Square Farmers Market
Saturdays June 1-November 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Union Square Plaza
P.S. This Saturday also marks opening day at the Relish: Center for Urban Agriculture in Union Square. Stop by to visit this new community resource!