Farmer's Market

 

Hours of Operation

(Union Point Farmers' Market)
Sundays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Jun 4th thru Oct 15th
**NOW CLOSED FOR 2017**
 

Location

(Union Point Farmers' Market)
26 Memorial Grove Avenue
Weymouth, MA 02190
 

Contact Us

(781) 340-5012
 

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The Weymouth Farmer's Market was rated "Best in Class" during American Farmland Trust’s 2016 nationwide Farmers Market Celebration. Our market took 1st place in Massachusetts for markets committed to providing healthy food for all. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

 

About Us

 

The Weymouth Farmer’s Market is coordinated by the Town of Weymouth and funded in partnership with the Weymouth Food Pantry and Mass in Motion, an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Our market cultivates community engagement by creating a place where residents, farmers, and producers connect for a happier, healthier Weymouth. To learn more about our market, follow the links below or like us on Facebook

Meet Our Vendors
Application & Rules
 
Community Events
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
Market Bucks
 
SNAP Benefits

 

Play the Market

 
Healthy Eating
 

 

 

Healthy Schools
Active Living
       

Farm to Family Program

The Weymouth Food Pantry provides nutrition assistance to approximately 600 families every month. Many of these are working families earning just a little too much to qualify for public benefits.

To help alleviate hunger in our community and ensure that more families have access to fresh local food, the Weymouth Food Pantry will double their client's money up to an additional $20 per day at the farmers market. Families in need can register at any pop-up pantry site. From there, it's a easy as 1, 2, 3... swipe, double, and shop!

 

Market Bucks

A farmers market is a great place to buy fresh, local, healthy food. It's also a great opportunity to support local business. To make it easier for residents to shop fresh and local, the Town of Weymouth has partnered with the Weymouth Food Pantry to increase the market's capacity to accept non-cash payments. Shoppers without cash can swipe an EBT card or debit card at the Town's "Market Bucks" table in exchange for wooden tokens, or Market Bucks. These tokens act as cash at the market for purchases from participating vendors. Tokens never expire, so shoppers can keep what they don't use for later.

In 2017, shoppers spent $10,855 in Market Bucks - up $3,377.50 or 45 percent from 2016. This money went directly into the hands of farmers and small businesses, helping to support the local economy. In addition, for every $1.00 in Market Bucks spent, $0.59 cents was used to purchase farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, supporting a healthier Weymouth.

 

Why shop fresh and local?

         
Preserve Farmland
Stimulate Local Economies
Increase Access to Nutritious Food
Support Healthy Communities
Promote Sustainability
There are 3.5 times as many U.S. farmers over the age of 65 as there are under 35. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for new farmers and ranchers, allowing them to start small as they learn and test new products. Farmers and ranchers who sell at farmers markets experience lower rates of bankruptcy and farm business failure than growers who market exclusively through wholesale channels. 50% of farmers selling at markets derive at least half their revenue from market sales.
For every dollar of sales, direct marketers like farmers at markets generate twice as much economic activity for local economies, compared with producers who are not involved in direct marketing. Growers selling locally create 13 full-time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue. Those that do not sell locally create only three full-time jobs. According to the USDA, of the $3 billion in direct to-consumer sales in 2015, on-farm stores and farmers markets accounted for $2 billion, or 67 percent.
Farmer's markets put fruits and vegetables front and center and create a shopping environment where nutritious food is not only affordable but celebrated. $20.2 million in SNAP benefits (food stamps) were spent at farmers markets in 2016. That's fresh food for low-income households and increased revenue for local farmers. 60% of farmers market shoppers in low-income neighborhoods say that their market had better prices than the grocery store. Markets bring fresh food to neighborhoods that need it most. 
By their presence alone, farmers markets are proven to positively impact the health and diet of their community. Proximity to farmers markets is associated with lower body mass index (BMI). In a 2015 survey of farmers selling at markets, four out of five said they discuss farming practices with their customers, and three our of five said they discuss nutrition and how to prepare food. People who shop at farmers markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit. They would have only 1-2 per visit at the grocery story. 
Farmers markets ensure farmers can make a living off sustainably grown food, while providing an outlet where communities can find and purchase their products. 81% of direct marketing farmers incorporate cover crops, reduced tillage, on-site composting, and other soil health practices into their operations. 78% use practices consistent with organic standardsLocally- or regionally-sourced produce travels about 27 times less distance than conventionally-sourced produce.
         

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