by The Batch Yard Team

Eat Local at the Everett Farmers Market

With the warmer weather of spring comes the growing season here in Massachusetts, which means that farmers markets are starting to open. There are many in the area, including one in Everett only a mile away from the Batch Yard.

The Everett Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. from June 25 to October 15 at the Old Everett High School (538 Broadway). The market will feature vendors selling fresh, local fruits and vegetables as well as handmade jewelry, crafts and home goods from area businesses.

A Musician’s Corner provides a space for local artists and students to entertain the Everett Farmers Market attendees as they shop. The market often features activities for kids, like face painting and crafts projects.

Perhaps best of all, the Everett Farmers Market works hard to ensure that everyone can eat fresh, local produce by allowing customers to use the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. The market also operates the Double Bucks program, which matches SNAP dollars (up $10) to provide more purchasing power! And as an Everett community member, you can sponsor this program to help fellow market-goers.

If you just can’t wait until June 25 to get your hands on local, fresh produce, you can visit the two markets in Somerville, which both open in May. The Union Square Farmers Market on the Union Square Plaza is open from May 17 to November 22 on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Davis Square Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m. from May 21 to November 27 in the parking lot at the corner of Day and Herbert Streets.

Both of those markets have several vendors selling fresh, local fruits and vegetables as well as sweets like doughnuts, ice cream and pastries. You can also stock up on chicken, beef, fish and eggs as well as bread and other locally made food products.

Whether it’s right in Everett or across the Mystic River in Somerville, there are lots of options for eating fresh and local all season long.