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Rachel Offerdahl

Rachel Offerdahl

Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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The past two summers I stayed in Boston instead of going home to North Carolina and I excitedly anticipated the opening of the farmers’ markets as a reminder of home. I have fond memories of “the egg man,” as my mother calls him, who peddles fresh eggs and beans from a stand at the farmers’ market near her office. I’ve known my aunt to barter with the farmers when she has too many of her own tomatoes. One summer, when she and I couldn’t bear to make any more jam, I proudly sold a couple pints of blackberries I had picked myself.

So it was with great excitement that I went out to shoot the Boston farmers’ markets. Eating local is important, both to support local farmers and to save on fuel and food travel. I visited the markets at Copley Square, South Station, City Hall, and Kendall Square. One of my favorites is the Copley market (one shopper I talked to called it “exquisite”) because of its selection and convenience, but South Station had live music and Kendall had maple cotton candy, which was incredibly delicious. The markets are worth visiting for the colors alone: peppers, sunflowers, and tomatoes are pleasing to the eye (and camera).

Fall brings lots of great food like spinach, apples, and squash. Try something new! Last fall, I made leek and potato soup for the first time. Farmers’ markets are open all over the Commonwealth now through just before Thanksgiving.

List of Massachusetts farmers’ markets.

Photos of my farmers’ market adventure.

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