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Copley Square Farmers Market offers summer produce


Have you been searching for that perfect summer salad? Or for ripe, luscious strawberries? Or maybe for reasonably priced potted herbs and bedding plants to set out in your garden? Well, look no further. Head on down to the Copley Square Farmers Market today to pick up everything you’ll need to make a fresh and healthy meal, plus some goodies to top it off.

Conveniently located in Copley Square, the market is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. between mid-May and mid-November. Vendors from more than two dozen farms, orchards, and bakeries around Massachusetts and neighboring states offer customers fresh, natural products at tables set up under tents lining the square. And for those doing serious grocery shopping, Copley Square’s easy access to the MBTA Green and Orange Lines and the Copley Square bus stop is an added bonus.

The market has something to satisfy just about every culinary desire. Guarantee a sweet start to your day with a chocolate snail roll ($3.50) from the Danish Pastry House in Watertown, try a tub of Farmstead Goat Cheese ($4.25 for 3 ounces) from Crystal Brook Farm, in Sterling, Mass., or go organic with fresh green kale ($2.50) from Deerfield’s Atlas Farm. If you’re hungry for something more substantial, consider purchasing a lamb shank ($11.99) from Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm, based in Hardwick, Mass. (they sell poultry and beef as well) or some of New Hampshire’s Valicenti Organico’s freshly made ricotta and grana padano cheese ravioli ($9.50). When you’re ready for dessert, stop by Vermont vendor Cook’s Farm and Bakery’s table for a loaf of its famous chocolate banana bread ($7).

Looking for a gift for someone special? Dick’s Market Garden has a great selection of fresh cut flowers and flats of annuals, or take a peek at the selection of herbal salts ($5) and handcrafted soaps ($6) from the famous Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s.

The Copley Square Farmers Market is as popular with vendors as it is with customers. “I like the Copley Market because it’s really well known in the area. And we get regular customers who know us and know our products, so it’s just a lot more fun,” says Imogen Lambert (CAS’14), who works for the Herb Lyceum. “It has a good vibe.”

Copley Square is directly across from the Copley T Station. Take any MBTA Green Line trolley to Copley station. Method of payment varies by vendor; be prepared to pay with cash, because not all vendors accept credit cards.

Check out our things to do list on Foursquare for tips on other fun activities and events around the Boston area.

Irene Berman-Vaporis can be reached at imbv@bu.edu.

This story was originally published on June 19, 2012; it has been updated to include current information.


One Comment on Farm Fresh in Downtown Boston

  • P.K. Newby on 06.20.2012 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for calling out this market, I write about it and other local markets, alongside other topics on health, nutrition, food, science, cooking, and eating, on my blog., since I’m a farmers’ market junkie! Copley is one of my favorites – and a key to eating healthfully and keeping local businesses healthy, too! Thanks for this post, Andreia. Cheers, PK (nutrition scientist at BU)

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