August 19 to 25 is Massachusetts Farmers Market Week |
There are now over 250 Farmers Markets across the Commonwealth, close to double the number from five years ago. Farmers Markets bring a host of important benefits to our communities:
Boosting local farms through direct-to-consumer sales (more than 99% of farms in Massachusetts are local, family-owned businesses);
Increasing access to fresh, healthy food for low-income families (over 100 Markets now participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program);
Attracting new visitors to downtown areas and generating spin-off economic activity.
To celebrate Massachusetts Farmers Market Week, special activities are planned at more than twenty-five Markets, including chef's demonstrations, live music, children's activities, contests, free samples and more. Find a market near you, and enjoy your (locally grown) fruits and veggies!