Post Content

The village market’s teeming, once again with lively folk, as New England’s hardy souls are loosed from winter’s yoke.*

buylocalIf you’re like me, you felt as though winter would never end. And for those who relish wintertime, perhaps even they had a little too much of a “good thing.” 

starwberries

Now that Old Man Winter has given way, slowly and reluctantly to spring, we can look forward to more fresh produce at our local farmers’ markets. Seasonal markets are open now (or opening soon), and the year-round markets are expanding their selection to include a better variety of locally grown produce.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you’re not already familiar with your local farms and markets, you may be surprised just how convenient locally grown produce is. Click here — Mass. Availability Chart — to find out what fresh fruits, vegetables, and other farm treats are in season.  

Just for fun, we did a quick search on the MassGrown site for farmers’ markets in Mass in Motion communities, and turned up some great spots for fresh, healthy food:

 

If none of those markets is near you, don’t fret — there are hundreds farms and markets across the Commonwealth. To find a fresh produce near you, just click here — MassGrown — and search by your town. You may also search for farms by type (e.g., greenhouse, organic farm, dairy farm, etc.), or by crop or product (e.g., dairy; milk, eggs, cheese, etc.). Some farms offer community supported agriculture programs (CSAs), a great way to ensure you receive fresh produce regularly.

buyfreshMany farms and markets feature entertainment, children’s activities, or other attractions, in addition to fresh produce. So, get searching for a farm or market near you and discover what you’ve been missing. See you at the market!

*Adapted from Spring Comes to Spiddal, by Mike Scott.

Written By:


Ted works in communications for the Division of Prevention and Wellness at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

A Taste of India for Special Occasions! posted on Mar 27

A Taste of India for Special Occasions!

At WIC, we are very fortunate to have so many staff members from different countries and cultures.  In this week’s blog, Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, Nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares a favorite recipe that can be made at any time, but   …Continue Reading A Taste of India for Special Occasions!

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People posted on Mar 27

This week marks the commemoration of National LGBT Health Awareness Week. At DPH this is not only an occasion to celebrate the strides that we as a Commonwealth have made in reducing disparities in health care and health outcomes among people who identify as lesbian,   …Continue Reading Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People

Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015 posted on Mar 27

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth over the past seven days, which is consistent with what we would expect to see at this point of flu season. Flu does however continue to be present   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015