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Jul 20, 2012 11:08 AM

Best Farmer's Market open on Saturday?

Hi All,

I'm looking to make an excursion to check out what's going on at the local farmer's markets, but I was disappointed to see that there's not much open on the weekends. Is the Union Square Market any good? Any others worth checking out?


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  1. The Union Square market is excellent. A large variety of vendors, local restaurants participate, and there's usually some live music going on. The one downside is parking can be tricky if you drive over. The Central Square T stop is less than a mile away though, and several bus lines service the neighborhood as well. Check out Union Square Main Street's website for a listing of vendors for this Sat.

    1. Roslindale's is on saturday, 9 til 2. Pretty good selection, like Union, there is usually some music playing, and you can have lunch or brunch at some of the local resteraunts.

      1. Union Square is one of my personal favorites. Great atmosphere, music, lots of free samples, and really nice people. Yes, it is a bit tough to get to without a car, but once you are there, you could also try out one of the many excellent restaurants in the area for a nice lunch.

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        1. re: mvi

          OK, looks like Union Square it is. We're looking to make a "foodie" tour of the area, and here's the other destinations we're considering:

          Katz's Bagels
          Three Little Figs
          Dave's Fresh Pasta

          What else is in Somerville/Cambridge that's worth checking out?

            1. re: winedude

              You'll be near Taza Chocolate and not far from New Deal Fish Market, both really worth a visit. Assuming you'll be bringing a car so you don't have to lug your goodies around. Christina's Spice Store is a real treat for us. Can't beat the ice cream, either. I can't recommend Grillo's Pickles any more due to some poor customer service and having the place closed up one day when we made a special trip, but they are located not far from Christina's, next door to Clover. You could give it a shot if you like just about anything pickled, but I'm not the fan I used to be. There are some really lovely baked goods and smoothies at Bom Cafe, right across the street from the aforementioned Clover.

              Note that all of the places I mention here, with the exception of Taza, are closer to Inman Square (and Christina's) than Union Square. But easy to do on foot.

                1. re: winedude

                  winedude, some suggestions (don't know if you're doing car or T):

                  Toscanini in Central Sq is just tremendous ice cream (and consistently gets the most CH love of all the Boston ice cream places)

                  and, if you go to Dave's, the Cubano sandwich is unbeatable ! Also in Davis Sq. is JPLicks ice cream, one of my favs w/ Toscanini. And if you love trying a variety of breads, Pigs Fly Bread's store is a block from Davis Sq (on the other end from Dave's Pasta. They sell prob 30 bread types and give pastes of evthng. Really a treat.) But if you're not going to Dave's for the cubano or the pasta (imo not good pasta but many CHs like it) you might enjoy

                  Savenor's Market which is closer to Union Sq than Davis Sq. Savenor's packs alot of interesting things in a small space, and has some wonderful meat and poultry items, and while they have no tables like Dave's,S was just Globe- featured for their Cubano and other sandwiches which they've just started offering- all in-house prepared meats.

                  Also in Union Sq is Reliable, a very large Korean (and some Japanese) market, and Machu Picchu Pollo a las Brasas- delicious rotisserie Peruvian chicken and Perunisimo sandwiches- sliced roast spice coated pork w/ grilled sweet potato (to take home for Sunday maybe?)Reliable has a lg pkg lot behind it for customers.

                  Do any CHs park there and then shop both there and the farmer's mkt?

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    The parking lot behind the Reliable is now towing people who park there for the Farmer's Market.

                2. re: mvi

                  the one by Reggie Lewis Center is my favorite. but i cant say i'd recommend it - was 2 stands, one white dude with some beets, and a bunch of african-american ladies with lawn-chairs. forgot to actually buy something as well, woops

                3. Marblehead's farmer market is on Saturday, I prefer Salem's on Thursday!

                  1. Wakefield has a FM on Saturdays. 9a-1p

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                    1. re: shaebones

                      Andover 12:30 until 3:30pm downtown at the Historical Society.