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slides: Getting Out: Best Farmers’ Markets in Central Massachusetts

Thursday, July 11, 2013


One of the surest signs of summer is the opening of farmers' markets in communities throughout Central Massachusetts, and we've got all the best spots for your fresh fruits and vegetables, not to mention meats, dairy products, honey, syrups and so much more.

Satisfy your desires for fresh produce and do a good deed by helping out a local farmer in the process. Here are some of the best local farmers' markets currently in operation across Central Mass.

Note: Farmers' Markets in Oxford, Leominster, Harvard and Boylston will also be opening later in the summer.

Check out www.farmfresh.org for more information.

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Worcester Common, Behind City Hall, Thursdays 11am-2pm

Worcester Main South, Fuller Family Park, Saturdays 10am-2pm

Worcester, REC Community Chandler Street Market, Beaver Brook Park, Mondays 9:30am-2pm

Worcester has multiple farmers' markets to fit its size. All told the markets contain the produce of countless farms and orchards including Many Hands Organic Farm, Heirloom Harvest, YouthGrow Farm, Nicewicz Family Farm, Harper's Farm and Garden and much more.

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Holden Farmers' Market, Damon House, 1187 Main Street, Tuesdays 3pm-6:30pm

Holden’s line-up of local farms and orchards will make for a perfect stop to do your grocery shopping. Their market features B&B Farms, Billy Goat Beanery, Black Hen Farm, Five Loaves Bakery, Hancock Farm, Log Cabin Orchards and others.

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Westborough Farmers' Market, Evangelical Congregational Church, 57 West Main Street, Thursdays 1pm-6pm

The Farmers' Market in Westborough features good s from Emery Family Farm, Heirloom Harvest, Rocky Ridge Beef Farm, Zoll Cellars, Five Loaves Bakery, and The Warren Farm and Sugarhouse, including meats, veggies, fruits, honey, and much more.

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Grafton Farmers' Market, Grafton Common, Thursdays 2pm- 6:30pm

Grafton's Farmers' Market features the produce of a multitude of local farms including Brasen Hill Farm, Nourse Farm, Potter Hill Farm, Houlden Farms and many more, and includes a very wide selection of vegetables, plus meat, fruit and more.

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Leicester Farmers' Market,  Castle Restaurant, 1230 Main Street, Saturdays 9am-2pm 

Leicester Farmers' Market features the goods of Little Bit Farm among others, and features a multitude of vegetables and herbs.

Photo: Ed Yourdon/flickr

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Auburn Farmers' Market, Auburn Library, Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am-2pm

If you’re in Auburn, check out the local weekend produce at 369 Southbridge Street. Come see their variety of organic fruits and veggies, and don’t miss their local crafts and specialties.

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West Brookfield

West Brookfield Farmers' Market, Town Common, Wednesdays 3pm-6pm

The Farmers' Market in West Brookfield contains produce from farms including Chabot Farm, Flourish Farm, Hancock Farm, Little Rest Farm and many more, and includes goods such as honey, milk, cheeses, ice cream, berries, beef and more.

Photo: brockvicky/flickr

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Dudley Farmers' Market, Marty's Liquor Store, 119 West Main Street, Sundays 9am-1pm

Check out the local produce from farms and orchards such as Breezeland Orchards and Chase Road Growers, and get your hands on some apples, tomatoes, summer squash and much more.

Photo: tnkntx/flickr

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Douglas Farmers' Market, E.N. Jenckes Store Museum, 283 Main Street, Saturdays 10am-1pm

Get your hands on some tasty produce from Whittier Farms and Potter Hill Farm, and check out some cool alpacas from Angel Hair Alpacas

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Barre Farmers' Market, Town Common, Saturdays 9 am-12:30pm

Barre Farmers' Market has a king's ransom of local goodies from Windy Hamlet Farm, Holloway Farm, Burnshirt Family Farm, Hancock Farm and many more. Come to check out the large assortment of veggies, flowers, herbs and more.

Photo: Marc Smith/flickr

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Brookfield Farmers' Market, Town Common, Fridays 4pm-6pm

At the Brookfield Farmers' Market you'll find fresh local honey, pickles, berries, jams and jellies, and much more from the Brookfield Town Farm Gardens and the Grimes Apiary.

Photo: PhotoAtelier/flickr

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Sterling Farmers' Market, Butterick Municipal Building, 1 Park Street, Fridays 3pm-6pm

Buy some produce from Billy Goat Beanery, Crystal Brook Farm and Pineo Family Farm among other great local establishments at the Sterling Farmers' Market. This includes apples, blueberries and numerous veggies and other products.

Photo: Ed Yourdon/flickr

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New Braintree

New Braintree Farmers' Market, B&B Farms, 1890 Barre Road, Thursdays 3pm-6:30pm

The New Braintree Farmers' Market contains the goods of B&B Farms and Black Hen Farm, including blueberries, flowers and other specialities.

Photo: La jolie Fleur

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Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, Fridays 8am-2pm

Burbank Hospital, 275 Nichols Road, Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-4pm

Riverfront Park, 40 Commercial Street, Thursdays 3pm-7pm

Fitchburg has three separate farmers' markets featuring the usual goods from Country Dreams Farm, Ayotte's Farm, and more.

Photo: Marc Smith/flickr

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Spencer Farmers' Market, Klem's, 117 West Main Street, Saturdays 10am-2pm

Spencer Farmers' Market contains the fresh produce of local farms including Linabella's Gourmet Garlic Farm, Evans Farm, Grass Roots Farm and more. This includes various fruits including apples, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, plus numerous veggies, meat and dairy products.

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Gardner Farmers' Market, Monument Park, Thursdays 8:30am-1pm

Gardner Farmers' Market has tasty items from Breezy Hill Farm, Log Cabin Orchards, etc. This could include lamb, apples and rhubarb.

Photo: rhett maxwell/flickr

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Ashburnham Farmers' Market, Winchester Park, 32 Main Street, Mondays 4pm-6:30pm

Take a trip to Ashburnham Farmers' Market and you'll find produce from farms such as Barrett Hill Farm and Breezy Hill Farm. This could include indian corn, beets, carrots, raspberries and much more.

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Hardwick Farmers' Market, Town Common, Sundays 11am-2pm

The Hardwick Sugar Shack and Robinson Farm are among the establishments that are featured at Hardwick Farmers' Market, and it includes goods such as organic cheeses and other dairy products, and the usual fruits, vegetables and even hand-made crafts.

Photo: informatique/flickr

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Winchendon Farmers' Market, American Legion Park, Thursdays 4pm-7pm, and Saturdays 10am-1pm

Buy produce from farms such as Hydeaway Farms and Sunset Farms, which includes cut flowers, spreads like jam and jelly, various veggies and much more.

Photo: Jill Clardy/flickr


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