I personally love the farmers markets that pop up all around the city during the summer. It’s a sure sign of the turning of the season, and we are rewarded for braving the winter with an irresistible lineup of fresh produce. The best farmers markets will have plenty of high-quality vendors to choose from, and they’ll be located conveniently to you, either near home or work or somewhere along the way. These are some of the best farmers markets in Boston, I hope you get the chance to try them all!
Best Farmers Markets in Boston
1 | SOWA Market
460 Harrison Ave, Boston
Saturday + Sunday | 10-4 | Apr 29 – Oct 29
It’s so much more than a farmer’s market. The SOWA Market in South Boston encompasses a farmers market, food trucks, artists market, artists galleries, vintage market, a beer garden, and more! Due to popular demand, this market is open Saturdays and Sundays this summer. It’s Boston’s largest market, don’t miss out!
2 | East Boston Farmers Market
209 Sumner St, Boston
Wednesday | 3-6:30 | Jul 5 – Oct 18
If you’re living east of the harbor, try the East Boston Farmers Market. This initiative hopes to bring more fresh produce to a neighborhood that is farther from the rest of the city’s markets. They even accept SNAP here! And they have a great line up of vendors, including Farmer Dave’s from Dracut, Meadowbrook Orchards from Sterling, and Shepherd’s Farm from Townsend.
3 | Copley Farmers Market
139 St. James Ave, Boston
Tuesday + Friday | 11-6 | May 12 – Nov 24
Located right in the heard of Back Bay, the Copley Farmers Market is a favorite for folks working nearby and for tourists wandering nearby. The vendors offer a wide variety of fresh produce, from traditional farm-fresh veggies, to smoked fish, homemade honey, fresh bread, and more! Come see what all the buzz is about at one of Boston’s favorite markets.
4 | Kendall Square Farmers Market
350 Kendall Street, Cambridge
Thursday | 11-2 | Jun 1 – Sep 28
Bringing fresh produce to the center of Boston’s tech and innovation hub, this market is a great way to get the Kendall Square workforce away from their computers for a spot of sunshine and local treats. The vendors include local Melissa’s Honeypot, Freitas Farm, and Atlantic Saltworks, among others. Stop by to sample all the best of Boston’s and Cambridge’s local vendors!
5 | Egleston Farmers Market
29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain
Saturday | 10-2 | May – Oct
Making local, healthy food accessible to Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. That’s their motto and they stand by it. The Egleston Farmers Market has quickly become a neighborhood staple. Besides the regular lineup of local farmers and vendors, this market also has community-oriented events like the opening day pig roast to celebrate the launch of the farmers market season!
6 | Oak Square Farmers Market
640 Washington Street, Brighton
Wednesday | 4-7:30 | Jun 6 – Sep 26
This farmers market is practically a Brighton block party! You may come by just to get some produce for the week, but you’ll end up chatting with neighbors over beers while listening to live music. It’s the perfect mid-week break, a neighborhood favorite.
7 | Dewey Square Farmers Market
600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
Tuesday + Thursday | 11:30-6:30 | May 16 – Nov 21
Ideally located between the downtown financial district and South Station, the Dewey Square Farmers Market is right along the route home for thousands of commuters. This well-established market has a great variety of vendors, including the likes of Powerhouse Juices, Stillman Quality Meats, and When Pigs Fly bakery. The vendors are different on Tuesdays and Thursdays so check the list if you want to find a particular vendor!
You need three things when you’re going to the farmer’s market: some cash, a good market bag, and plenty of time to wander! Here are some of my favorite market bags and totes to bring with me when I’m shopping at the farmers market:
8 | Brookline Farmers Market
32 Centre Street, Brookline
Thursday | 1:30-6:30 | Jun 1 – Nov 16
Coolidge Corner is made even more charming (is it possible?) on Thursday afternoons when the farmers market sets up shop. Don’t miss out on the neighborhood shopping spree, where you can gather up fresh produce from Mycoterra Farms, Copicut Farms, Nicewicz Family Farm, and more! Note that dogs aren’t allowed here.
9 | Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street, Boston
Mon-Sat 8-8 | Sun 10-8
For two years now we have been treated to this permanent, large-scale indoor market where fresh produce and artisanal foods are on sale year-round. This was a great addition to the Boston downtown scene, and besides food shopping you can also enjoy classes, demonstrations, and events here. Check out the full line-up and head over there, rain or shine!
10 | Central Square Farmers Market
30 Norfolk Street, Cambridge
Monday | 12-6 | May 16 – Nov 21
Fresh fish, creamy cheese, crisp apples, and juicy peaches can all be found at the Central Square Farmers Market. On your way home from work, or just during your daily errands, stop by the market and support local farmers and small businesses!