Summer’s Over, but the Watertown Farmers Market Isn’t – See What’s There

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from Kitchen Garden Farm and other farm stands at the Watertown Farmers Market.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from Kitchen Garden Farm and other farm stands at the Watertown Farmers Market.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from Kitchen Garden Farm and other farm stands at the Watertown Farmers Market.

The summer break might be over but you’ll still find a broad variety of the season’s harvest at the Watertown Farmers Market. Local farms and specialty producers continue to gather every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. through until the end of October.

On the front green of the Arsenal on the Charles, right on Arsenal Street in front of Arsenal Center for the Arts, the space is an exceptional place to enjoy the live music, grab a quick snack, and shop for delicious foods to bring home.

Among the market’s offerings are farm-fresh vegetables from Kitchen Garden Farm, Paraveda Farm and The Farm School. Apex Orchards have several different varieties of apples. Looking for apples with more of a kick? Carr’s Ciderhouse sells hard cider, vinegar and switchel, an old-timey syrup that’s refreshing with water or seltzer and tasty in cocktails. Sustainably raised meats and eggs, along with maple and honey, are available from Lilac Hedge Farm while Red’s Best Seafood brings a variety of coastal seafood. Using locally sourced ingredients, you’ll find cheese on sale at the booths for Jasper Hill Farm and Central Bottle, fresh squeezed juices from Powerhouse Juice, and sauerkraut and firecracker carrots from Cauldron Fermented Foods, as well as tamales to eat right away or to bring home from Tex Mex Eats. Soluna Garden Farm has fresh cut flowers as well as dried herbs and spice mixes with plants gathered their own farm.

Catch live music each week at the Watertown Farmers Market, every Thursday through the end of October outside La Casa de Pedros.

Catch live music each week at the Watertown Farmers Market, every Thursday through the end of October outside La Casa de Pedros.

Iggy’s Bread offers a variety of their delicious breads, rolls and bagels. For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to visit Treats on Washington for donuts, sweet breads, and brownies, Tipping Cow Ice Cream for their unique flavors (Sweet Corn Ice Cream!), and Ava’s Caramel Popcorn that’s the best you’ve ever tried.

Service businesses are part of the market. Landry’s Bicycles stops by every other week and provides free mini bike tune-ups and small repairs. On the Edge Sharpening Service gives new life to your kitchen and garden tools and stops by once a month.

The market continues to offer a weekly SNAP-match to low income residents shopping with EBT benefits (formerly “food stamps”). Each week customers can visit the market manager tent to swipe their EBT card and receive a 1-to- 1 match up to $15, turning $15 of food assistance into $30 of fresh healthy food at market. The market also accepts WIC and senior coupons as well as credit cards and cash.

There’s always something new and fun at the market!

The Watertown Farmers Market is sponsored and hosted by AthenaHealth and managed by Relish Management.

There's much more than fruit and vegetables at the Farmers Market. Get locally made cheese and other items.

There’s much more than fruit and vegetables at the Farmers Market. Get locally made cheese and other items.

2016 VENDORS:

Produce Farms:

Apex Orchards: Orchard in Western Massachusetts with stone fruits, apples, pears and grapes.

Joins later in summer as fruit harvests begin.

Kitchen Garden Farm: Wester Massachusetts vegetable farm, also makes incredible sriracha sauce with their own peppers with a dedicated following

Pranaveda Farm: Northern Rhode Island vegetable farm

Soluna Garden Farm: fresh flowers, herbs and tea blends from Winchester, MA

The Farm School: Organic vegetables and eggs from a teaching farm in Athol, MA. Meet your future farmer!

Meat/Fish/Cheese:

Jasper Hill Farm: Vermont cow’s milk cheeses. Alternating weeks

Lilac Hedge Farm: Wide variety of pastured meat and eggs

Red’s Best: Fresh, locally caught seafood

Farm Winery:

Carr’s Ciderhouse: Small cider press in Hadley MA offers hard ciders, apple cider vinegar, cider syrup, and more

Bakery:

Iggy’s Bread of the World: Delicious breads from Cambridge, MA (founded in Watertown!)

Treats on Washington : Pies, pastry and more

The Watertown Farmers Market moved to the green in front of La Casa de Pedro and Arsenal Center for the Arts inside the Arsenal on the Charles complex.

The Watertown Farmers Market moved to the green in front of La Casa de Pedro and Arsenal Center for the Arts inside the Arsenal on the Charles complex.

Other:

2 Dog Treats: Locally made dog treats from Dorchester. Alternating weeks

Ava’s Popcorn : Delicious as a snack or gift! Handmade in Arlington, MA

Cauldron Fermented Foods: Sauerkrauts and more. Alternating weeks

Lightening Willow: Body products from this southern MA herb and goat farm.

Powerhouse Juice: Fresh, Cold pressed juice

Tipping Cow: Handmade ice-cream in delicious, off beat flavors. From Somerville, MA

Tex Mex Eats: Famous tamales and more. Eat at market or frozen packs to prepare at home. Alternating weeks

Watertown Farmers Market at Arsenal on the Charles Information

Dates: Thursdays from June 2 – October 27 (rain or shine)

Time: 2-6 p.m.

Location: Green on Arsenal Street, directly adjacent to Arsenal Center for the Arts, La Casa de Pedro, and Panera

Payment accepted: Cash, Credit/Debit, EBT/SNAP food assistance (with $15 weekly match), WIC & Senior Farmers Market Coupons

Getting Here: Arsenal on the Charles is at 311 Arsenal Street.

Driving & Parking: Free parking is available in the structured parking garage on Kingsbury Ave on the Arsenal campus. Elevators serve the northwest corner of the garage.

Public Transportation: MBTA 70 and 70A buses.

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