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August 15, 2013
South Boston Farmers Market
By Rick Winterson


Ali is handling Farms Market duties at the Great Cape Bakery Company's booth.

The Farmers Market in Perkins Square has become a Monday tradition during the summer in South Boston.  In fact, it has been so successful that it has been extended each year since it started.  You can benefit from freshly harvested produce right on through the fall, until the really cold weather arrives in early November.

The Farmers Market opens at noon every Monday, and stays open till 6 p.m.  Even you commuters will have time to lay in a week’s worth of veggies and other nutritious fresh food.  Just get off the #9 or #10 buses at the Perkins Square stops, or park in the municipal lot between Third and Broadway.  Look for the white tents.The Farmers Market is overseen by Mary Lou Rosher (marosher@sbchc.org).  It is sponsored by the South Boston Community Health Center and the South Boston Community Development Foundation, an agency of the Convention Center.  You can pay for your purchases with cash, SNAP/EBT, WIC FMNP Coupons, Seniors’ Coupons, or Bounty Bucks.

And the Farmers Market has a variety of groceries and services.  The Freitas Farm and Wenger’s Farm offer veggies according to the season, as well as baked goods, preserves, and lots of decorative potted plants.  Stop by Cape Cod Fish Share for information on their sustainable fishing cooperative – get several weeks’ worth of line-caught fish and carefully harvested shellfish from the Cape and local ports.  Check out the baked goods at the Great Cape Bakery Company booth.   The Boston Cyclists Union will tune up your bicycle for free.  And you can get the information you need to provide the kids in your family with balanced nutrition by stopping in at the blue WIC booth.  You can’t beat that with a stick.

Speaking of kids, last Monday was Kids Day at the Farmers Market.  Booths displaying services for children were accompanied by face makeup, a painting table, and the ever-popular balloon man.  Local agencies like the Boys & Girls Club were on hand for membership recruiting.  Medicine Wheel’s young people were giving away their unique lanterns.  The Neighborhood House was passing out flyers for the “Ollie Palooza” at their Moakley Field facility on Thursday, August 22 (3 to 7 p.m.).  Needless to say, there were kids everywhere.

And you know something? The colors at the Farmers Market dazzle the eye.  It’s worth taking your lunch hour to go by the Farmers Market and simply browse.  You might want to buy something, but it costs nothing to walk by, look, and smell the freshness.  The yellows and greens of August veggies will soon give way to the fall reds and oranges of apples and pumpkins.

As South Boston Online has already said, “You can’t beat that with a stick.”  


It's that time of year--butter and sugar corn on the cob at the Farmers Market.


Wenger's Farm is doing land office business at their Farmers Market booth.


What would Kids Day at the Farmers Market be without balloons.


The balloon man had a steady stream of customers at the Farmers Market Kids Day.



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