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Farmers markets for seasonal and year-round shopping

Farmers MarketsExperts recommend eating a wide variety of colorful vegetables. When you visit your local farmers market, try out something new, such as purple asparagus. colorful Easter egg radishes, or Romanesco broccoli, which is prepared like cauliflower and has a delicate and nutty taste.Farmers markets are a great place to shop for fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-raised meats and dairy. Many of our local farmers markets are open throughout the growing season and some are even open year-round. In addition to cash, these days more and more are accepting EBT, SNAP, and credit and debit transactions as well as Seniors’ Coupons.

The following is a partial list of local farmers markets open Saturdays during the warmer months of 2017, as listed by CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture). For a complete directory of farmers markets, such as those open on weekdays, winter markets, and additional offerings near you, visit www.farmfresh.org.

Amherst Farmers Market

Amherst Common, Spring Street parking lot
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
April 22 to November 18

Ashfield Farmers Market

Ashfield Town Common
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 13 to October 28

Athol Farmers Market

Uptown Common
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 20 to mid-October

Bernardston Farmers Market

Bernardston United Church parking lot
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 27 to September 30

Greenfield Farmers Market

Court Square/Town Common
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April 29 to October 28

Northampton Saturday Farmers Market

Downtown, Gothic Street
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 29 to November 11

Shutesbury Farmers Market

In front of Town Hall
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
May 20 to October 14

The Nutrition Program at LifePath operates many senior dining centers and luncheon clubs, as well as the Meals on Wheels program, across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Home Care and other programs may offer assistance with grocery shopping. To learn more, contact us.