For Immediate Release - November 10, 2009

Winter Farmers' Markets Encourage Massachusetts Consumers to Eat Locally Grown Food All Year Long

BOSTON - As autumn marches toward winter, the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) is reminding consumers that many farmers markets throughout the Commonwealth are open during the late fall and winter seasons, providing access to fresh, local produce all year long.

"It's great to see farmers and market managers who are dedicated to providing consumers with access to fresh, nutritious, locally-grown food all year long," said DAR Commissioner Scott Soares. "It's also great to see consumers embracing the concept that eating locally grown food is possible throughout the year."

Many farmers markets are open at least through November, and some stay open on select days through the entire winter. In addition, a number of markets will hold one- or two-day late fall markets.

The following farmers markets are open through November:

Barnstable County

  • Orleans - through November 28
  • Provincetown - through December 5

Berkshire County

  • Lanesboro - through November 21

Essex County

  • Newburyport - through December 20

Hampshire County

  • Amherst - through November 21

Middlesex County

  • Cambridge (Central Square) - through November 23
  • Cambridge (Charles Square) - through November 22
  • Somerville (Davis Square) - through November 25

Norfolk County

  • Quincy- through November 20
  • Plymouth County Hingham - through November 21

Suffolk County

  • City Hall Plaza - through November 25
  • Copley Square - through November 24
  • Jamaica Plain - through November 21 (Saturdays only)
  • Mission Hill - through November 15
  • South Boston - through November 23
  • South Station/Dewey Square - through November 24

The following markets will host one-day or two-day markets in the late fall or winter.

Barnstable County

  • Falmouth market at Peg Noonan Park, Main Street on Tuesday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, December 12, from noon - 3 p.m.

Franklin County

  • Gill market at Gill Elementary School on Saturday, January 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • · Greenfield market at Greenfield High School on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • · Phillipston - Red Apple Farm will host a Thanksgiving Harvest Festival on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hampshire County

  • Northampton market on Saturday, January 9, 2010. Time and location TBD.

Norfolk County

  • Braintree market at Braintree Town Hall on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Plymouth County

  • Plymouth/Edible South Shore's Harvest Thanksgiving Market at the Plymouth Waterfront on Sunday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Berkshire County

  • Great Barrington market at the Old Fire House on Castle Street on Sunday, November 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • · Williamstown market at the Williams College Field House on Sunday, November 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The following markets will be ongoing throughout the winter:

Essex County

  • Newburyport on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tannery Marketplace at 50 Water Street from November 1 through December 20

Hampden County

  • East Longmeadow on the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside of the East Longmeadow United Methodist Church from November to April.

Middlesex County

  • Natick on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Johnson Elementary School on Route 27 from January 9 to March 27
  • · Wayland on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Russell's Garden Center from January 9 to February 27

Plymouth County

  • Plymouth Local Foods Winter Market at Plimoth Plantation on the third Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. indoors at the Plimoth Plantation from December 17 to May 19.

For directions to the Commonwealth's farmers' markets visit DAR's directory of farmers' markets at: www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/farmers_markets.htm.

The Commonwealth's farmers' markets feature a variety of freshly harvested fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and many also offer local farm products such as maple syrup, honey, eggs, turkey, cheeses, baked goods, jams and jellies. Many farmers who participate in farmers' markets accept coupons issued by the state Women, Infants and Children's (WIC) Nutrition Program. WIC recipients should look for "WIC coupons accepted" signs or ask individual farmers if they participate in the food assistance program.

The DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of local agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Development, Animal Health, Crop and Pest Services, and Technical Assistance - the DAR strives to support, regulate, and enhance the Commonwealth's agricultural community, working to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture's role in energy conservation and production.