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Sep 11, 2007 05:57 PM

farmers' markets Wed/Thurs?

I have a few rare weekdays off and want to get out of my Sunday Harvard Square routine. I think there is a Thursday market in Belmont, and was looking for others over the next couple of days.
What's out there this fall?

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  1. There's a Thursday market in Melrose where I've had a good deal of success. You can access it through the Shaws parking lot on W. Foster. (I think.)

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    1. re: almansa

      It's my local farmer's market and I've had some nice produce from there, but there are only 2 or 3 vendors there, and only one of them has a lot of selection. You need to get there early (market opens at 10) for the best selection. I went to the Harvard Square market once and it was SO much better- Melrose's market has no potted plants, breads, cheeses or meats (although I do know that Houde Family Farm, which has a meat CSA in Melrose, is in discussion with the market manager to maybe sell their meats there once a month.)

      It's the City Hall parking lot, which you can access either via Main Street (next to Memorial Hall) or from the Shaw's parking lot on Essex Street (as almansa mentioned) or from the driveway between the post office and City Hall, also on Essex Street.

      A friend was just showing me the lovely heirloom tomatoes she got last week at the Arlington Farmer's Market, which is on Wednesdays according to this link:

      1. re: Chris VR

        I arrived in Arlington for a visit last Wednesday and stopped by the Farmer's Market first thing! Yes, the tomatoes are wonderful, Concord grapes were so good, really big ones. "Ed's" stand at one end had some of the best corn I've had this season. There's a purveyor of fish where we've bought before. The quality is top notch. My daughter-in-law will often call ahead to be sure what she wants is available. I'm so envious of this resource and this is the prime time of year to go.

    2. On Wednesday & Thursday you can hit two on the green linetif you want .

      City Hall has a small market with a few very good producers. And, they have the Danish Pastry House if you want sweets.

      Here's a list of vendors for city hall.

      And, on Thursday you can go to Coolidge Corner for one of the great markets.

      1. I really like the Belmont market. They have maybe 12-15 vendors and a wide variety of product, meats, cheeses, breads, and misc items. I know that Arlington's is on Wednesdays but I haven't been there to check it out.

        1. I think you will love the Brookline Market - lots of vendors and a big selection. Just bear in mind that it doesn't open until 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

          1. Maybe you can do a "Farmers Market Crawl". Kendall Square has a really nice one, not a huge amount of vendors, but high quality. You could have a picnic lunch there - there is also jazz concert every Thursday, and tables/chairs. Then make your way to Brookline!