Farmers markets are also a great place to teach your children more about healthy eating! Many markets have multiple vendors, and it can be exciting for your child to explore the offerings at each table. As you walk through the market, talk to your child about the foods you see. Explore learning concepts related to foods like shapes, colors, sizes, and more. Seeing new foods multiple times and learning about them can help a child become more comfortable with trying them later.
- The Attleboro Farmers Market, located at 74 North Main Street, takes place on Saturdays from 8 to 12. I like this one because it’s close to where I live! The market is currently in full swing and is a great place to bring the family to visit, with a variety of vendors selling produce, baked goods, and even dog treats! The Attleboro Farmers Market will run through the end of October.
- In Boston? Visit the large farmers market at City Hall Plaza. This market is open every Monday and Wednesday from May through late November from 11am-6pm. You can get produce from several different farm vendors, pick up your favorite seafood, and even grab my favorite treat – bread from When Pigs Fly.
- If you’re north of the city, try the Andover farmers market, held on Saturdays from 12:30-3:30 on the lawn of the Andover Historical Society at 97 Main Street. Stock up on your local produce while also checking out artisan cheeses and a local winery.
These are just a few highlights. You can easily search for a Massachusetts farmers market close to your home or work by using the Department of Agriculture’s handy search tool. And don’t forget, if you can’t make it to the local farmers markets to pick up your in-season produce, we offer an awesome service – our “Farm Fresh, Local is Best: Farmer’s Market Delivery Program.” For a small fee, we’ll head to the market, do your shopping, and deliver it to your home or office.
Happy shopping - enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables that Massachusetts has to offer! And if you're not from Massachusetts, I hope you'll check out the local farmers markets in your own town.