Farmer's Market Charlestown MA

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

Mission Hill Farmers Market
(617) 427-7399
Brigham Circle, Intersection of Huntington Ave. and Tremont St.
Boston, Mission Hill, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June 11-November 15 Thursday, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Suffolk

Brookline Farmers Market
(617) 566-8005
Coolidge Corner, Center Street West Parking Lot, off Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 18-October 29 Thursday, 1:30 p.m.- dusk
County
Norfolk

Dorchester/Codman Square Farmers Market
(617) 822-8278
Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 25-October 19 Thursday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
County
Suffolk

Dorchester/Dorchester House Farmers Market
(617) 288-3230, X 2636
Dorchester House, 1353 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
July-October Tuesday, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
County
Suffolk

Boston/Prudential Center (Proposed) Farmers Market
(978) 448-6499
Plaza along Boylston St.
Boston, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, Time to be announced
County
Suffolk

Charlestown Farmers Market
(617) 241-8866
Thompson Square at Main & Austin Street
Charlestown, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Mid July-End October Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
County
Suffolk

MA Pike Farmers Markets
(413) 572-3171
Service Areas along MA Turnpike
Boston, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 17-October Various days and hours. For up to date information, go to www.masspike.com
County
Suffolk

Roxbury/Frederick Douglas Square (Proposed) Farmers Market
(978) 318-1049
Corner of Tremont and Hammond Streets
Roxbury, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 30-October Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
County
Suffolk

Mattapan Farmers Market
(617) 414-6878
Church of the Holy Sprit Parking Lot, 525 River St.; 525 River Street
Boston, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 11-October Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Suffolk

Roxbury/Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
(614) 442-1322, ext. 13
Dudley Town Common, Dudley St. and Blue Hill Ave.
Boston, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June 2-October 29 Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
County
Suffolk

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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