Sunny days and warm nights on the deck. Grilling and chilling. It’s that time of year and we think nothing says summer quite like a farmers’ market. Not only do markets provide a healthy and inexpensive alternative to typical grocery store shopping, but we also love the fact that many foods you can find there are tooth-friendly. For example, did you know foods like apples and celery work as natural tooth exfoliators and help to prevent stains?
Since Dr. Dental prides itself on serving patients up and down the East Coast, we thought we’d do a little exploring to find some of the best spots for farm-fresh eats near our locations. Here are five farmers’ markets that deserve a visit – and a SMILE – this summer:
Cambridge/Kendall Square Farmers’ Market
510 Kendall St.
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | May – October
If you happen to be near MIT, and it happens to be a Wednesday, skip the grocery store and shop at this fabulous farmers’ market. You can get your standard produce and also indulge in fresh bread, specialty sauces, gourmet potato chips, maple syrup, nuts, cheese, cookies and more. Crafts made by local artisans also are available. Learn more by visiting http://kendallsquare.org/.
SoWa Open Market
460 Harrison Ave.
Sundays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | May – October
Celebrating its 10th year, the SoWa Open Market® is THE place to be on Sundays. The market is located in the vibrant SoWa district in Boston’s South End and includes an extensive arts/crafts section, an award-winning farmer’s market and some of the yummiest food trucks around. For a list of vendors, visit http://www.sowaopenmarket.com/.
Manchester Farmers’ Market
48 Concord St.
Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. | June – October
The Downtown Manchester Farmers Market is a unique and exciting community event. Every Thursday, more than 25 vendors bring their best New Hampshire produce, meat, cut flowers, baked goods, specialty foods, certified organic produce and other unique products to the heart of Manchester. Additionally, weekly activities include cooking demonstrations, music, farm animals and other entertainment – perfect for kids of all ages. Updates on the market can be found at http://manchesternhfarmersmarket.com/.
CitySeed Farmers’ Market
New Haven, CT
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | May – December
Visit this delightful market run by CitySeed to get a taste of all things local – from fresh milk, cheese, herbs and local produce you can’t find in area grocers. Weekly musical guests give the market a fresh vibe. Additional New Haven market locations run by CitySeed include Edgewood Park, Downtown, Fair Haven, The Hill Market and Mobile Market. To learn more, visit http://cityseed.org/.
Edison Farmers’ Market
925 Amboy Ave.
Sundays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. | June – October
This small market is the perfect spot for locals to pick up delicious, in-season produce and other treats. Patrons can expect to see “Jersey Fresh” fruits, veggies, nuts, breads, pickles, plants and more. Check www.edisonnj.org for updates on additional activities.
Where are your favorite markets to explore? Drop us a comment to let us know!
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