These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Massachusetts For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Massachusetts offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Massachusetts? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Massachusetts farmers markets:

  1. Boston Public Market, Boston, MA
  2. Sowa Outdoor Food Market, Boston, MA
  3. Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, Pittsfield, MA
  4. Amherst Farmers’ Market, Amherst Center, MA
  5. The Newburyport Farmers’ Market, Newburyport, MA
  6. Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market, Boston, MA
  7. Waltham Farmers’ Market, Waltham, MA
  8. Copley Square Farmers Market, Boston, MA
  9. Union Square Farmers Market, Somerville, MA
  10. Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market, Northampton, MA

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Massachusetts or the cheapest place to live in Massachusetts.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Massachusetts?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Massachusetts, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Bay State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Massachusetts, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Boston Public Market

Boston Public Market -- Boston, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 88.6
City: Boston, MA
Address: 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 2108
Times: Mon: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Tue: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Wed: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Thu: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Fri: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Sun: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Sowa Outdoor Food Market

Sowa Outdoor Food Market -- Boston, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Boston, MA
Address: 500 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 2118
Times: Sat: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Sun: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market -- Pittsfield, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Pittsfield, MA
Address: First and Eagle Street, Pittsfield, MA 1201
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Amherst Farmers’ Market

Amherst Farmers' Market -- Amherst Center, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Amherst Center, MA
Address: Spring Street Parking Lot, Amherst Center, MA 1002
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-1:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. The Newburyport Farmers’ Market

The Newburyport Farmers' Market -- Newburyport, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Newburyport, MA
Address: 50 Water st, Newburyport, MA 1950
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market

Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market -- Boston, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Boston, MA
Address: 6 Cummins Hwy, Boston, MA 2131
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Waltham Farmers’ Market

Waltham Farmers' Market -- Waltham, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Waltham, MA
Address: 119 School Street, Waltham, MA 2452
Times: Sat: 9:30 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Copley Square Farmers Market

Copley Square Farmers Market -- Boston, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Boston, MA
Address: None, Boston, MA 2116
Times: Tue: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM Fri: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Union Square Farmers Market

Union Square Farmers Market -- Somerville, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Somerville, MA
Address: Union Square Plaza, Somerville, MA 2143
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

10. Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market

Northampton Winter Farmers' Market -- Northampton, MA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Northampton, MA
Address: 80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 1060
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Massachusetts

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Bay State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Massachusetts

Name City Rank Score
Boston Public Market Boston 1 88.6
Sowa Outdoor Food Market Boston 2 82.9
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market Pittsfield 3 80.0
Amherst Farmers’ Market Amherst Center 4 80.0
The Newburyport Farmers’ Market Newburyport 5 80.0
Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market Boston 6 77.1
Waltham Farmers’ Market Waltham 7 77.1
Copley Square Farmers Market Boston 8 74.3
Union Square Farmers Market Somerville 9 74.3
Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market Northampton 10 74.3
Canal District Farmers Market Worcester 11 71.4
Northampton Tuesday Farmers’ Market Northampton 12 71.4
Wakefield Farmer’s Market Wakefield 13 71.4
Burlington Farmers’ Market Burlington 14 71.4
Dedham Farmers Market Dedham 15 71.4
Winchester Farmers Market Winchester 16 71.4
Newton Farmers’ Markets Newton 17 68.6
Brookline Farmers’ Market Brookline 18 68.6
Attleboro Farmers Market Attleboro 19 68.6
Salem Farmers’ Market Salem 20 68.6
Westfield Farmers’ Market – Winter Westfield 21 68.6
Lexington Farmers’ Market Lexington 22 68.6
Melrose & Wakefield Winter Farmers’ Market Melrose 23 68.6
Melrose/sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market Melrose 24 68.6
Marblehead Farmers’ Market Marblehead 25 68.6
Farmers’ Market At Forest Park Aka The Farmers’ Market At The X Springfield 26 65.7
Beverly Farmers Market Beverly 27 65.7
Cape Ann Farmers Market Gloucester 28 65.7
Winchester Farmers Market Winchester 29 65.7
Swampscott Farmers Market Swampscott 30 65.7
Bpma At The Greenway Boston 31 62.9
Somerville/davis Square Somerville 32 62.9
Belmont Farmers’ Market Belmont 33 62.9
Mill City Grows Mobile Market Lowell 34 60.0
Quincy Farmers Market Quincy 35 60.0
Haverhill Farmers Market Haverhill 36 60.0
Danvers Farmers Market Danvers 37 60.0
Stoneham Farmers Market Stoneham 38 60.0
The Marketplace Somerset, Ma Somerset 39 60.0
Maynard Community Farmers Market Maynard 40 60.0
Farmer’s Market @ Woburn’s Spence Farm Woburn 41 57.1
Dewey Square Farmers Market Boston 42 54.3
Lowell Farmers’ Market Lowell 43 54.3
Farmers’ Market At Harvard University Cambridge 44 54.3
City Of North Adams Farmers’ Market North Adams 45 54.3
Black Seed Farmers Market Worcester 46 51.4
Cambridge Central Square Farmers Market Cambridge 47 51.4
Berkshire Harmony Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Markets, Music, And Creative Arts Fair Pittsfield 48 51.4
Leominster Marketplace Leominster 49 51.4
Main Street Market Randolph 50 51.4
Cape Ann Farmers Market Gloucester 51 51.4
New Bedford Farmers Market- Brooklawn Park New Bedford 52 48.6
New Bedford Farmers Market/downtown At Custom House Square New Bedford 53 48.6
Framingham Farmers Market Framingham 54 48.6
The Silver City Farmers’ Market Taunton 55 48.6
Needham Farmers Market Needham 56 48.6
Wilmington Farmers Market Wilmington 57 48.6
Rec Beaver Brook Park Market Worcester 58 45.7
Rec University Park Farm Stand Worcester 59 45.7
Revere Farmers’ Market Revere 60 45.7
Peabody Farmer’s Market Peabody 61 45.7
Everett Farmers Market Everett 62 45.7
Wellesley Farmers’ Market Wellesley 63 45.7
Out To Lunch Farmers Market-Worcester Common Worcester 64 42.9
Worcester/main South Worcester 65 42.9
Medford Farmers Market Medford 66 42.9
Norwood Farmers Market Norwood 67 42.9
Saugus/cliftondale Saugus 68 42.9
Milford Ma Farmers Market Milford 69 42.9
Farmers’ Market At Riverfront Park Fitchburg 70 40.0
Bass River Farmers Market South Yarmouth 71 40.0
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Coe’s Pond Village Worcester 72 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Worcester 73 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Elm Park Towers Worcester 74 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Family Health Center Of Worcester Worcester 75 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Green Hill Towers Worcester 76 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Lincoln Park Towers Worcester 77 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Lincoln Village Worcester 78 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Out To Lunch Concert Series, City Hall Common Worcester 79 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Seabury Heights Apartments Worcester 80 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Seven Hills Foundation Worcester 81 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – The Senior Center Worcester 82 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Webster Square Towers Worcester 83 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Ywca Of Central Ma Worcester 84 37.1
Rec Mobile Market – Colony Retirement Homes Worcester 85 37.1
Stcc Farmers’ Market Springfield 86 37.1
Chicopee Farmers Market Chicopee 87 37.1
Local Harvest Farmers Mkt At The Longmeadow Shops Longmeadow 88 37.1
Holbrook Farmers Market Holbrook 89 37.1
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Plumley Village Worcester 90 34.3
Rec Mobile Farmers Market – Wrta Transit Hub Worcester 91 34.3
Brockton Farmers Market At City Hall Plaza Brockton 92 34.3
Boston University Farmers Market Boston 93 31.4
The Farmers Market @ Kendall Square Cambridge 94 31.4
City Of Holyoke Farmers’ Market Holyoke 95 31.4
Lynn, Central Square Lynn 96 28.6
Lawrence Farmers Markets Lawrence 97 28.6
Fall River Downtown Farmers’ Market Fall River 98 25.7
Lawrence Farmers Markets Lawrence 99 25.7
Abington Abington 100 25.7

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