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.
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.
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!
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
Carr’s Ciderhouse: Small cider press in Hadley MA offers hard ciders, apple cider vinegar, cider syrup, and more
Iggy’s Bread of the World: Delicious breads from Cambridge, MA (founded in Watertown!)
Treats on Washington : Pies, pastry and more
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.