Join Us Under the Smokestack Every Thursday!
June 4 is the season opening of the Watertown Farmers Market at Arsenal on the Charles. The weekly Thursday market returns to showcase a wide variety of Massachusetts grown produce, greens, fruits, eggs and meat, as well as local seafood and specialty foods. Open every Thursday, June 4 through October 29, rain or shine, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. This is Watertown’s first and only farmers market.
Favorite farm vendors return this year including Warner Farm of Sunderland, one of the oldest family farms in Massachusetts, and Drumlin Farm of Lincoln, a project of Mass Audubon. They both have a wide variety of produce from heirloom tomatoes and corn, to onions and squash. From Shelburne, Apex Orchards will joins the market in July with tree fruit including several varieties of applies, pears, apricots, plums, and grapes as well as honey.
The Farm School in Athol has an established CSA pick up at the Arsenal on the Charles. They’ll back at the market this year and expanding their offerings of certified organic vegetables, melons, and strawberries, as well as limited quantities of grass fed beef, pastured pork, and eggs from free range hens.
The Neighborhood Farm comes to Watertown for the first time this year. This group from Needham plants six gardens in local yard as well as big planting on land leased from The Trustees of Reservations. They’ll bring a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers each week.
Lilac Hedge Farm based in Berlin returns with beef, pork, lamb, goat, and poultry, all raised using sustainable, natural practices. They’ll also sell fresh eggs, honey and wool products from their own sheep.
Red’s Best Seafood out of Boston has become well known as a leader in traceability of seafood. Their labels allow consumers to track every step of their products from the catch on the fishing vessel to unloading, through transportation, processing, and distribution. Each week they’ll bring wild caught seafood and shellfish from the New England coast.
Increasingly, farms are doing more than selling whole vegetables and fruit. Carr’s Ciderhouse, located in Hadley, creates hard cider, apple cider vinegar, and apple cider syrup at their orchards. Among their hard ciders are Stars in a Bottle, perfect for a refreshing bubble at a summer picnic, and special selections infused with other fruit like black currant or blended with apple brandy aged in wooden barrels.
Mariposa Bakery, Tex Mex Eats and Tipping Cow Ice Cream bring their culinary talents to local produce and turn them into extraordinary treats. Mariposa Bakery offers a variety of pies using local fruit as well as other baked items such as pretzel rolls, scones, donuts, bundt and tea cakes. Tex Mex Eats is a new business and gives locally sourced products a Texas twist, offering up salsa, tamales, and prepared dishes. Each week, Tipping Cow Ice Cream will have pints of gourmet ice cream and ice cream sandwiches in off-beat flavors like strawberry basil and a sweet corn ice cream that tastes like a summer’s day. Two guest vendors from last year will be regular features of the market this season, as Sa’s Homestyle and Spindler Confections attend each week.
Iggy’s Bread of the World returns with a booth bursting with fresh baked breads.
To make for a more refreshing experience at the market, Barismo Coffee will be on hand each week with iced coffee, coffee beans and bottled cold brew coffee to bring home.
On the Edge Sharpening Service will be at the market twice a month, on the first and second Thursdays of each month to sharpen kitchen knives, scissors, and other blades while customers visit other vendors. Their first market appearance will be June 5th..
To make the market more accessible to everyone, customers using food assistance are welcomed and encouraged to come to the market every week. The market offers a dollar-for-dollar SNAP match to anyone using a MASS DTA card, up to $15 per customer per week. Swipe for $15 and receive $30 in market tokens to spend on fresh local foods. Tokens are also available to customers using any major credit or debit card – no need to stop at the ATM on the way to market. WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons also accepted.