For Immediate Release - November 18, 2011

Massachusetts Winter Farmers Markets Continue to Expand

State's Department of Agricultural Resources reports a 400 percent increase since 2009

BOSTON – Friday, November 18, 2011 – Massachusetts consumers seeking locally-grown farm products for next week’s Thanksgiving dinner or during the winter months in general will find it more convenient this season with 30 farmers’ markets in locations all across the Commonwealth. 

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) reported today that there has been a 400 percent increase in the number of winter farmers' markets since 2009.

“We have seen a surge in the number of winter farmers’ markets over the last couple of years,” said DAR Commissioner Scott J. Soares. “There has been an 88 percent bump in the number of winter farmers’ markets from 2010 alone. Shoppers may be surprised at the wide array of local foods available over the colder months.”

Fresh foods likely to be found at winter farmers’ markets include storage crops such as winter squash, turnips, potatoes, carrots, apples and onions, as well as salad and cooking greens grown in greenhouses. Farmstead cheese, eggs, meat, honey, maple products, fish, apple cider, wine and a wide array of locally made specialty foods such as baked goods, jams and sauces are also likely to be available.

Many winter farmers’ markets are located indoors for the comfort of both shoppers and vendors. Some are running weekly, while others are open bi-weekly or monthly, and most run through early spring.

The following is a list of winter farmers’ markets in Massachusetts; for updates go to DAR’s Massgrown and Fresher webpage.

Barnstable County

Falmouth/Green Harvest

Sundays, Noon - 3:00 p.m., Nov. 6 to 20 and Dec. 4 to 18

Barnstable County Fairgrounds, Adult Exhibit Building (Rt. 151)

Falmouth/Mahoney’s

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 19 to Mar. 17

Mahoney’s Garden Center, 958 East Falmouth Highway (Rt. 28)

Sandwich

Every other Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 6 to Mar. 18

Scenic Roots, 349 Route 6A, East Sandwich

Bristol County

Fairhaven

Sundays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 18

Nemasket Building, Bridge and Green Street

North Attleboro

Sundays, Noon – 4:00 pm, year round

Attleboro Farms, 491 Hickory Road, Route 120 

Dukes County

West Tisbury

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Oct. 22 – Dec. 17

Grange Hall, State Road

Essex County

Newburyport

Sundays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Dec. 4, 18, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19, Mar. 4, 18, Apr. 8, 22

The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water Street

Salem

Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Nov. 10 to Dec. 22

Inside at Salem Marketplace (Artist’s Row)

Franklin County

Greenfield

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 3

Second Congregational Church, Court Square

Hampden County

Springfield

2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, November to April

Forest Park at the Old Monkey House (Use Trafton Road Gate)

Hampshire County

Amherst

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Dec. 3 to Mar. 31, (no market 12/24 and 1/14)

Amherst Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street 

North Amherst

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 6 to end of April

Inside the barn at Swartz Family Farm, 11 Meadow Street

Northampton

Saturdays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 19 to Apr. 28

Thorne’s Marketplace Basement, 150 Main Street

Middlesex County

Cambridge

Saturdays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Jan. 7 to Apr. 28

Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street

Carlisle

Saturdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Nov. 26, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar. 10, Apr. 21

Universalist Unitarian Church, 27 School Street

Chelmsford

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 5 to Feb. 4, (No market Nov. 26, Dec. 24, 31)

Chelmsford Agway, 24 Maple Road

Natick

Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Jan. 7 to Mar. 31

Metrowest Medical Center Auditorium, 67 Union Street

Somerville

Saturdays, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Nov. 12 to May 26

Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue

Wayland

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Jan. 7 to Mar. 10

Russell’s Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Road, Route 20

Westford

Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Nov. 5 to Mar. 31

Eric’s Garden Center, 68 Boston Road

Winchester

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 19 to Mar. 17

Mahoney’s Garden Center, 242 Cambridge Street

Norfolk County

Milton

Every other Sunday, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, Jan. 29 to Apr. 22

Thayer Nursery, 270 Hillside Street

Walpole

Sundays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 6, 20; Dec. 4, 18; Jan. 8, 22; Feb. 12, 26; Mar. 11, 25; Apr. 15, 29

VFW Hall, 108 Robbins Road

Plymouth County

Marshfield

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 31, Apr. 28, May 26

Marshfield Fairgrounds in the 4H Barn

Plymouth

Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 8, Apr. 12

Plymouth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue

Scituate

Sundays, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Dec. 18 and Jan. 7 to Mar. 25

Kennedy’s Country Gardens, 85 Chief Justice Cushing Highway

Suffolk County

Boston/Prudential Center

Thursdays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November to April

Inside the Prudential Center Mall, Belvedere Arcade near the post office

Boston/South End

Sundays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nov. 13 to Apr. 29

Indoors at 460 Harrison Avenue

Boston/Dewey Square

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Nov. 29 to Dec. 22

Dewey Square across from South Station

Dorchester

Sundays, Noon – 3:00 pm, Jan. 8 to Mar. 25

Great Hall at the Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk Street

 DAR’s mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR’s website at www.mass.gov/agr, and/or follow at http://twitter.com/MDARCommish

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