Farmer's Market Hyannis MA

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

Sandwich Farmers Market
(617) 347-5192
Oak Crest Cove Field, Quaker Meetinghouse Rd.
Sandwich, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Tuesday, 2:00 - 6:00pm
County
Barnstable

Falmouth Farmers Market
(774) 278-8314
Peg Noonan Park, Main Street
Barnstable, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 12:00 noon- 6:00 p.m.
County
Barnstable

Fitchburg/Burbank Hospital Farmers Market
(978) 345-6272, x 225
Health Alliance Hospital, Burbank Campus
Fitchburg, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Mid July-October Monday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
County
Worcester

Waltham Farmers Market
(781) 899-6230
Sovereign Bank Parking Lot, Main & Moody St.
Waltham, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June 13-November 7 Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
County
Middlesex

Boston Medical Center Farmers Market
(617) 414-4542
Menino Pavilion at BMC Lobby
Boston, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
July 17-October 2 Friday, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
County
Suffolk

Hyannis/Mid Cape Farmers Market
(508) 778-1808
232 Main Street, Bank of Cape Cod Parking Lot
Harwich, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Barnstable

Orleans Farmers Market
(508) 255-8374
Old Colony Way, Orleans Center
Orleans, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 16-October 10 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Barnstable

Natick Farmers Market
(508) 653-6596
Natick Common, Downtown
Middlesex, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Middlesex

Newton/Friday Farmers Market
(617) 796-1525
American Legion Post 440, 295 California St.
Newton, 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, 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
County
Middlesex

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

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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