By: Kristen Clifford
There is nothing quite like getting fresh fruit and vegetable from your local farmers’ market. The farmers’ markets that we have been to always carry fruit and vegetables that are in season from the local farms. They also always have local vendors that make their own bread, sauces, hummus, jewelry, soap, and chocolate…yum! We love taking the kids to the farmers’ markets on the weekends, it always gives us something fun to do as a family. We usually go and buy food for lunch and then pick some place to go eat the food and have a picnic, like the beach or Castle Island.
You can find a local farmers’ market in your area at this website. My family and I often go to the Hingham Farmers’ Market. It’s held at the Hingham Bathing Beach every Saturday from May 7th until November 19th, from 10am-2pm. I’m pretty excited that the Bridgewater Farmers’ Market started up recently, especially because we live in Bridgewater, so it’s much closer! The Bridgewater Farmers’ Market is located on School St in Bridgewater. It runs every Saturday from 9:30-1:30 from June 18th until September 24th.
Aside from going to Farmers’ Markets for fresh fruits and vegetables we also like to go to local farms and either buy food from their farm stores or pick our own if it’s offered. We love C.N. Smith Farm for picking our own apples and strawberries. This past fall we took Grace to pick apples there and she had a great time, it was close, not too expensive, and they had a large selection of apples. I know C.N. Smith Farm has other fruits you can pick yourself, plus they have a few animals around for the kids to look at.
We’ve also have gone pumpkin picking in the past at Ward Berry’s Farm in Sharon. Ward’s Berry Farm has a very yummy little food counter in their store where you can get sandwiches made, and they are so unbelievably good! I know that Ward’s Berry has a great little area for the kids to play on as well.
We are hoping to check out a different farm this summer. In July when it opens for the season we are hoping to check out the The Blueberry Farm in Hanson on West Washington St. which has pick your own blueberries!
So next time you are looking for something to do for lunch think about checking out your local farm or farmers’ market and grab some food and have a picnic!