Cambridge Farmers Markets

Cambridge farmers market

Fruits for sale at a Cambridge farmers market. Photo by James Petts

About Cambridge Farmers Markets

The best part about summer are all of the fresh fruits and veggies that we all finally get to enjoy after the long winter months. Even better is knowing that those fruits and vegetables on your table or barbecue are locally sourced and organic, a goal that is made easier through Cambridge’s farmers markets.

Each of the ’s squares–Central, Kendall, and Harvard–hosts a farmers market where different vendors display their produce, baked goods, flowers, and proteins. The markets go all summer, with some beginning mid-May and running through November.

The best part? There’s a farmers market somewhere in Cambridge every single day throughout the summer. (The other best part?  Click here for some  “farm-to-table cooking” recipes).

Sunday & Friday – The Charles Square Farmers Market

Charles Plaza by the Harvard Kennedy School and The Charles Hotel

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays from May 24 to November 22
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays from June 5 to November 20

This market hosts a variety of organic farms, bakeries, and various specialty goods. The Charles Square Market also hosts a few different New England-based wineries where you may find the perfect pairing to your Massachusetts cheeses.

If wine and cheese isn’t quite your style over the summer, the Charles Square Farmers Market has tons (literally) of fresh produce ripe for the picking in front of The Charles Hotel.

Heads up: this market is cash only, though vendors do accept EBT coupons.

Monday – Central Square Farmers Market

Union Square Donuts

Photo courtesy of Union Square Donuts

Corner of Bishop Allen Drive and Norfolk Street
Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May 18 to November 23

The Central Square Farmers Market boasts a huge range of specialty shops that are sure to get your mouth watering. Union Square Donuts, a local bakery whose brick-and-mortar is located in Somerville, has a wide array of uniquely flavored donuts (like sea-salted bourbon caramel–yum!) for you to eat as you survey the rest of the local goodies and organic food.

Even better, the Cedar Hollow Farms stand offers a Jelly & Cheese of the Month club. If you can’t make it to every market, this option ensures you get the best pickings and pairings from Central Square.

This market is cash only.

Tuesday – Harvard University Farmers Market

The Plaza at the Science Center
Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from June 9 to September 29 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from October 6 to November 24

This market aims to provide a variety of locally sourced fruits, nuts, produce, chocolate, bread, and more. All vendors come from Massachusetts with the exception of Valicenti Organic, a vendor that offers freshly made pastas and sauces.

There are a number of different cuisines available at this market, from Egyptian and Lebanese dips to Asian produce. It’s a great chance to let your taste buds explore corners of the world from right here in Cambridge.

Bonus: This market does accept debit and credit cards as well as cash.

Wednesday – Cambridge Center Farmers Market

Clover Cambridge

For delicious, melt-in-your mouth food in Cambridge, check out Clover. Photo by Nathan Cooke

Main Street near Kendall T Station
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from May 13 to October 28

The Cambridge Farmers Market started just last week, but it’s already the perfect stop for fruits, veggies, snacks, and sweet tooth cravings.

The standard local produce is available at Cambridge Farmers Market, but there’s so much more to check out. This market offers up the best of Massachusetts’ local snacks like Chocolate Peanut Butter “Munchie” cookies from Goodies Homemade and artisan roasted peanuts from Q’s Nuts.

Make your main course something from the Clover Food Lab–a huge favorite of mine is, well, nothing. Clover’s always changing their menu and adapting to new food trends, so everything is a fresh, delicious, and locally sourced surprise.

This market is cash only.

Thursday – Kendall Square Farmers Market

510 Kendall Street
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. from June 4 to October 8

The Kendall Square Farmers Market offers a variety of prepared foods ranging from Mediterranean cuisine and sandwiches to pastries and desserts.

For those who are conscious of their gluten intake, Violette Gluten Free will have a stand offering entirely gluten-free pies, cookies, and other desserts so that your indulgences can feel safe.

This market is cash only.

Saturday – Cambridgeport Farmers Market

Morse School Parking Lot at 40 Granite Street
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from June 6 to October 31

With a large selection of farm-fresh greens from Stillman’s Greenhouse & Farmstand and freshly baked breads from Hi-Rise Bakery, the Cambridgeport Market is tough to beat.

Here, you can find all of the ingredients for the lemon ricotta crostini with a simple tomato salad and a balsamic reduction created by our own Loni and Leah. It’s the perfect simple dish for those hot Cambridge summer nights made even better by local produce.

This market is cash only, and will be closed on October 23 for the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Enjoy these markets while they last. Happy eating!

Katie Smith, Contributing Writer