Guide to Dorchester’s Farmers Markets- 2010

This year, find more produce, baked goods, Lush cosmetics, art and more at your local farmers’ market.  Certain farmers markets are even offering free bike tune ups!

Tuesday
Dorchester House Farmers Market (1353 Dorchester Ave.), 11:30pm-1:30pm
Featuring Flats Mentor House Farm, Serving Ourselves Farm, ReVision House Urban Farm.
Grove Hall Farmers Market (461 Blue Hill Ave.), 3pm-7pm
Featuring Oakdale Farm and Wagner Farm.

Thursday
ReVision House Farmstand (1062 Blue Hill Ave.), 12pm-4pm
Offering an extensive variety of unique produce, from Asian greens to rhubarb to tomatillos. Grown right here in Dorchester!
Codman Square Farmers Market (Talbot Ave. & Washington St.), 1pm-6pm
Featuring When Pigs Fly breads, Lush cosmetics, People’s Tropical Foods, and CSA shares and produce from Silverbrook Farm.  Free bike tune-ups Thursday, July 22, 1pm – 6pm.
Bowdoin-Geneva Farmers Market (230 Bowdoin St.), 3pm-6:30pm
Featuring Food Project, Land’s Sake Farm, Bowdoin Street Health Center’s Youth Garden Program. Plus: Ward’s Berry Farm, a larger variety of fruit (apples, peaches, raspberries, melons, and more), food samples, and recipe demos!

Friday
ReVision House Farmstand (1062 Blue Hill Ave.), 12pm-4pm
Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market (Ashmont St. & Dorchester Ave.), 3pm-7pm
Featuring produce from Spring Brook Farm, Farmer Dave’s, and new this year: Langwater Farm. Fresh flowers from Cedar Grove Gardens and artwork by Dorchester Arts Collaborative members. Free bike tune-ups Friday, July 30.

Saturday
Fields Corner/Park Street Farmers Market(Park St. & Dorchester Ave.), 9am-12pm
Featuring produce (including Asian vegetables) and herbs from Berberian Farm and Flats Mentor Farm. Free bike tune-ups Saturday, July 31.
Grove Hall Farmers Market (461 Blue Hill Ave.), 10am-2pm
Mattapan Farmers Market (525 River St.), 10am-2pm
Featuring organic and unique produce from Brookwood Community Farm and Flats Mentor Farm. Free bike tune-ups Saturday, July 17, 10am – 2pm and monthly at 10am on the third Saturday.
ReVision House Farmstand (1062 Blue Hill Ave.), 12pm-4pm

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Ashmont Farmers’ Market Grand Re-Opening July 9th

Posted July 9th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester

Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Grand Re-Opening July 9, 2:45 PM, Ashmont Station Plaza
Join the Irie Roots Carribbean Band, Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, Rep. Marty Walsh, Capt. Richard Sexton, Boston Police Area C-11; Mark Boyle, MBTA Asst. General Mgr for Development; and Evelyn Friedman, Director of Boston’s Dept. of Neighborhood Development, and City Councillor Maureen Feeney for the grand re-opening of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market!  Friday, July 9, at the new location: Ashmont Station Plaza, at the corner of Dorchester Ave and Ashmont Street.
The music starts around 2:45 PM, with the ribbon cutting at 3:00.  The market will run every Friday, 3-7 PM, through October 29.

Returning farmers Spring Brook Farm and Farmer Dave’s will be joined by new vendor Langwater Farm. The market also features fresh flowers from Cedar Grove Gardens, artwork from Dorchester Arts Collaborative members, and free bike repair and tune ups provided by the Boston Cyclists’ Union on last Fridays.

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Dorchester House Farmers Market Opens Today

Wondering what to make for dinner?  Pick up some fresh food at the Dorchester House Farmers Market and get a free food sample from the UMass nutritionists while you’re there!  Today, from 11:30 am to 1:30pm, visit the Dorchester House Farmers Market at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue (map).

Find fresh produce from Flats Mentor Farm, ReVision House Urban Farm and Serving Ourselves Farm (at Long Island Shelter), all farms connected to socially-responsible programs.

Flats Mentor Farm still has Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares available and you can feel good about buying from them, since FMF “assists and supports small farmers of diverse ethnic backgrounds with the land, farming infrastructure and marketing assistance needed to promote and sustain successful farming enterprises”.

Victory Programs’ ReVision Urban Farm is locally based in Dorchester, and has transformed “over an acre of abandoned lots into productive and vibrant farmland”. The ReVision Urban Farm provides job-training for youth and Boston’s homeless, and partners with Victory Programs’ Revision House shelter in Franklin Field to promote healthy eating and sustainable farming while providing residents with free produce to use in their family meals.

The Farm at Long Island Shelter (Serving Ourselves Farm) is located right in Boston Harbor, each year producing nearly 30,000 pounds of high-quality vegetables, flowers, and herbs for the over 850 homeless individuals served each day. The Farm provides hands-on job training, work-readiness skills, life skills and education for homeless individuals as part of the Serving Ourselves Job Training Program. Individuals in the Culinary Arts track of the program have gone on to gain permanent, gainful employment in restaurant, food, horticulture and landscaping industries using skills they developed at the Farm.

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Bowdoin-Geneva Farmers Market, Thursdays 3-6:30

Bowdoin Farmers MarketThe Bowdoin-Geneva Farmers Market opened the first week of July with a Healthy Summer Kickoff featuring an annual Community Health Fair.

July 29 is SENIOR DAY at the market – all seniors that attend get 2 free ears of corn.  In addition, for any low-income seniors that need help purchasing food, Kit Clark will be distributing $30 in Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons to all eligible seniors from 1-2:30pm at the Haitian Center (22 Beechwood Street in Dorchester, right behind the Holland School). The coupons can be used at any farmers’ market in the city throughout the farmers’ market season.  There will be a very limited number of coupons.  Seniors must bring:

- ID, or proof of age (must be over 60 years old)

- Proof of limited income (i.e. evidence of participation in another program serving low-income clients, such as SSI, Section 8 Housing, Food Stamps, or Energy Assistance).

This program is open to all seniors, not just Kit Clark clients.   Arrive early for the best chance to get the coupons.

For more information call 617-754-0026 or email Cathy Wirth.

3:00pm-6:30pm

230 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester

The Bowdoin Geneva Farmers’ Market has fresh produce from three local farms, along with health and community resource information.

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See DEHC’s calendar for extensive information about all Dorchester farmers’ markets.

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more locally grown food available in Dorchester

Posted June 24th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester

Dorchester’s local fresh produce options increase! On June 10th Mayor Menino celebrated a new farmstand on Blue Hill Avenue. Today marks the start of the Codman Square Farmers’ Market. (DEHC will be there in July, check our calendar!) we are also coming up on the second year of staffing the Farmers’ Market at Ashmont – come by on Friday afternoons starting July 9th for free enviro goodies! More farmers’ markets are happening all over Dorchester. And renovations are underway in lots of our local community gardens, contact us if you are interested in gardening in one.

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Ashmont Farmer’s Market cancelled today Oct 16

Posted October 16th, 2009 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester

Due to low temperatures, high winds and lots of rain, we will not hold the farmers’ market on October 16. Please join us again for our last two weeks of the season on Oct. 23 and 30 from 3 to dusk, across from the Ashmont T station.
Fresh local produce from Springbrook Farm of Littleton and Brox Farm of Dracut.
Double your money: use SNAP/Food Stamps at this farmers’ market!
To learn more check www.dehc.org or www.smams.org. For 10 reasons to buy local see http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/10-reasons.pdf.

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Vouchers double value of food stamps at farmers’ markets

Posted June 26th, 2009 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester

Recently in the Globe: A new city program “Boston Bounty Bucks” will expand access to locally grown fruits and vegetables through vouchers that double the value of food stamps at farmers’ markets in Boston. Most of the Dorchester farmers’ markets are participating, see list here.

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