Farmer's Market Andover MA

Local resource for farmer’s market in Andover. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Andover Farmers Market
(978) 475-6159
97 Main Street, Andover Historical Society
Andover, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 11-October 10 Saturday, 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
County
Essex

Lowell Farmers Market
(781) 698-9303
City Hall Plaza, Arcand Dr.
Lowell, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 10-October 30 Friday, 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
County
Middlesex

Pelham Farmers Market
(978) 500-0023
St. Patrick Parish; 12 Main St
Pelham, NH
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 1-August 31 Monday, 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Bedford Farmers Market
(781) 275-3991
Depot Park, South Road
Middlesex, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 15-October 19 Monday, 2:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Middlesex

Wakefield Farmers Market
(617) 678-5759
North Avenue on Lake Quannapowitt, across from Wakefield Gas and Light Dept
Wakefield, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 11-October 17 Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
County
Middlesex

Lawrence Farmers Market
(978) 974-0770
Appleton Way, in between Essex and Common Streets, next to City Hall
Lawrence, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
July 8-October 28 Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Essex

Dracut Farmers Market
(978) 390-1242
Dracut Historical Society, 1660 Lakeview Ave.
Middlesex, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 25-August 29 Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Middlesex

Haverhill Farmers Market
(978) 373-4377
GAR Park, Main Street, Rt. 125
Haverhill, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 11-October 31 Saturday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
County
Essex

Topsfield Farmers Market
(978) 922-1648
Topsfield Fair Grounds - Rte 1
Topsfield, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 11-September 26 Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Essex

Carlisle Farmers Market
(978) 371-1925
Kimballstance Cream Stand
Carlisle, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 12-Late October Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Middlesex

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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