Navigating Boston’s Best Farmers Market

June 27, 2012 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: When Pigs Fly

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Dewey Square Market
Dewey Square
Atlantic Avenue between Summer & Congress St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 375-9700

Farmers markets are a great opportunity to experience fresh local produce, breads and other tasty options. The Dewey Square market may not be large, but it is packed with vendors who offer the best selections from fruits, veggies, nuts, breads, cookies and cakes. A great location to browse on a lunch hour or after work, the market is located across from South Station in Dewey Square and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with specific vendors attending each day. Some vendors are the same, while others only appear once a week. Note: only open until 2:30 p.m. after Thanksgiving.

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When Pigs Fly Breads

Founded in Maine nearly a decade ago, this bakery prepares, ships and sells fresh and all-natural bread in any market. The employees are baking loaves every day to fill orders and the proof of this labor is in the taste. When Pigs Fly Breads sells classic breads both Tuesday and Thursday. Whole wheat, New York rye and multigrain make an appearance at this stand, along with a mix of other more colorful artisan types. Try the orange, toasted walnut and cranberry loaf, or the chocolate if you’re feeling adventurous. Or perhaps go with just the seeded whole grain or six grain and pumpkin seed for a more comforting, robust flavor.

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Kimball Fruit Farm

A third generation family-owned and operated business, this stand wows the crowd both days every week. Whether you want fruits, vegetables and herbs, a snack to take back to work or fresh ingredients for dinner, Kimball has what you need. The berries are always plump and juicy, the cucumbers and tomatoes are larger than average and the selection is plentiful in all categories. This farm also uses the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) low-spray system, which is far better for the environment than the constant harsh chemicals and pesticides of other farms. So support the local, environmentally-friendly Kimball stand for quality produce.

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Q’s Nuts

If you go nuts for nuts, then Q’s has to be a stop on your trek in the market. A small, family-owned company assures quality, taste and the home-roasted touch through small-batch preparation and a keen eye for smoky deliciousness. The original sweet-roast coating is delectable on peanuts, cashews and more. Plus this vendor pulls out the stops both Tuesday and Thursday for the more exotic flavors, which aren’t always available. Try the key-lime ginger or Mexican chocolate flavors, if you can find them. Whether you buy one bag or five, Q’s will make sure you are satisfied but will leave you wanting more.

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Baking with Joy

With all natural ingredients, no added preservatives and no artificial flavors, Baking with Joy is the true definition of what “home cooked” is all about. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, head to this vendor on Thursday market days. The delightful family-run business has an excellent selection of cookies, cakes, sweet breads and more. Plus, it offers free samples for those who have trouble picking just one dessert. If your sweet tooth is having a hankering, then stop in for a freshly baked treat. Have a blondie, a chocolate chip cookie or a slice of dark chocolate zucchini bread, and you might find yourself returning weekly to try something new and have a chat with the owners while you do.

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Kat Webber is a graduate of Bentley University. Her random interests include reading, writing short stories, traveling, mythology, beers (especially microbrews), poetry, shoes, dessert, fuzzy socks and scrapbooking. Kat currently resides in Somerville, MA. Her work can be found at