Farmer's Market

Patriot Ledger Article: Organizers exploring options for Weymouth Farmer’s Market this summer

 

Hours of Operation

TBD
 

Location

TBD
 

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 Farmer's 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
 
EBT/SNAP Benefits

 

Play the Market

 
Healthy Eating
 

 

 

Healthy Schools
Active Living
       

Public Forum Presentation

The Weymouth Farmer’s Market hosted an informational public forum for shoppers, vendors, and the community at-large on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers. This forum was sponsored by the Farmer’s Market Steering Committee, which seeks input from key stakeholders on the future of the market in Weymouth. There was a short presentation by Committee members on findings from the 2016 season followed by a forum for public comment.

Click here for public forum presentation:

Weymouth Farmer's Market: Planning for the Future

 

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 Farmer's Market in 2016. 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!

 

Why shop fresh and local?

         
Preserve Farmland
Stimulate Local Economies
Increase Access to Nutritious Food
Support Healthy Communities
Promote Sustainability
Farmer's markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing  them to start small, test the market, and grow their business.  Small and mid-size farmers who sell at farmer's markets have nearly a 10% greater chance of staying in business than those selling goods through traditional channels.  50% of farmers selling at farmer's markets derive at least half their revenue from farmer's market sales. Locally owned retailers like farmer's markets return more than three times as much of their revenue to the local economy compared with corporations. 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. The USDA estimates that local food sales from farmer's markets, CSAs, food hubs, and farm stands have grown from about $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014. Farmer's markets put fruits and vegetables front and center and create a shopping environment where nutritious food is not only affordable but celebrated. The USDA reports that produce prices at farmer's markets are lower on average than grocery store prices.  The number of SNAP households shopping at farmer's markets has increased by 52% since 2011, with spending totaling $18.8 million in 2014 – four times as much as in 2009.  Farmer's market vendors educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food. Proximity to farmer's markets has been associated with lower body mass index (BMI) among youths in at least one study. By their presence alone, farmer's markets are proven to positively impact the health and diet of their communities.   Farmers selling at farmer's markets minimize the amount of waste and pollution they create. Locally- or regionally-sourced produce travels about 27 times less distance than conventionally-sourced produce.  Three out of four farmers selling at farmer's markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards, which reduce the pollution of our soil and water. A growing number are adopting low-impact practices that help mitigate climate change.
         

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