What’s New at the Farmers Market? Online Deliveries, Wicked Fresh Market Dollars and More

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s (EBNHC) Let’s Get Movin East Boston Farmers Market has been safely in full swing for over a month now and according to EBNHC’s Program Coordinator of Community Initiatives Nancy Slamet there have been some exciting new additions.

While the East Boston Times previously reported that the Veronica Robles Cultural Center’s Dancing Elotes experience has returned to the weekly Farmers Market in Central Square for another season, Slamet said EBNHC welcomed a new vendor last week.

Farmer Dave’s has been a regular staple at the East Boston Farmers Market on Wednesdays in Central Square.

Slamet said Sherman & Cherie’s Beezy Bees will be on hand one or two Wednesdays a month offering honey, creams and lip balms. 

“Other great news is that Wicked Fresh Market Dollars from the City of Boston will be available to customers who come to our market over the next several weeks,” said Slamet. “These dollars can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, and non –produce vendors will offer deals where customers can receive market dollars when they buy their products.”

Another exciting addition that will kick off this month is online delivery from the Farmers Market.

Using the WhatsGood app or website customers can order and pay for their produce and have it delivered straight to their homes. Customers can also use the app to place an order at the market and pick it up at the market’s pre-order pick-up Tent on Border Street across from the Marshalls in Liberty Plaza. Slamet said payment with SNAP/EBT will also be an option.

Slamet said the City of Boston Census Bureau staff will also be at the weekly Farmers Market for the next couple of weeks to provide information and to get people counted.

Slamet added that Farmers Market will take part in the Massachusetts Farmers Market Week that began Sunday and will last until August 8.

“Farmers Market Week is set aside not only to remind us to enjoy the delicious food available at farmers’ markets, but to recognize contributions farmers markets make to local agriculture, and how these markets increase access to healthy food in communities across the Commonwealth,” said David Webber, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

Webber said throughout Farmers Market Week the state is promoting farmers markets, like the one here in Eastie, across the state’s social media accounts.

“We’d like to feature the great work market managers are doing to support farmers markets on our social media,” said Webber. “We will try and highlight as many managers as possible.”

So far, the 2020 Vendors at the East Boston Farmers Market are 

Drunk on Jam: Boozy homemade jams; East Boston, MA

Farmer Dave’s: Produce, bakery products, beans, preserves/sauces; Dracut, MA (weekly)

Hillside Harvest: Artisanal hot sauces; Boston, MA (1-2 times per month)

Meadowbrook Orchards: Fruit, baked goods, eggs, honey, boxed meals, and smoked meats. Sterling, MA (weekly)

North of Boston Farm: Produce, meat, eggs, flowers, preserves; Boxford & Newburyport, MA (weekly)

Oriental Farm: Specialty vegetables; Brockton, MA (weekly)

Sherman & Cherie’s Beezy Bees: Local honey; Longmeadow, MA (1-2 times per month)

Steve’s Original Sauces: Selection of barbeque and sriracha sauces; Belmont, NH (bi-weekly)

Veronica Robles Cultural Center: Elotes locos (Mexican street corn); East Boston, MA (weekly)

Boston Cyclists Union: Bike repairs while you wait.

Lost Art Cultured Foods: Artisanal sauerkraut; Providence, RI

Samira’s Homemade: Authentic Lebanese hummus, dips, and finger foods; Cambridge, MA

Seven Hills Pasta: Artisan dried pasta; Melrose, MA

Organized and operated by EBNHC, the East Boston Farmers Market is a convenient, affordable source for fresh fruit and vegetables. The market runs on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. through October 15. The time slot between 3:00 to 3:30 is designated for shoppers 60 and over and others at high risk for COVID-19. For more info visit https://external.ebnhc.org/en/food-access/farmers-market.html.

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