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  • May 27, 2018

Check Out the Local Farmers' Market or CSA!

CHA works with local community partners to link patients and families to vital resources so they can live healthy lives.

By Lisa Brukilacchio, Director of the Somerville Community Health Agenda

Access to food and food insecurity are major factors associated with the social determinants of health. Cambridge Health Alliance is committed to working with local community partners, including organizations like Project Bread, to link patients and families to vital resources, such as healthy food, so they can lead healthy lives.

Farmers' markets or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm shares are a fun way to gain access to fresh and locally grown food in your neighborhood. Items purchased at a market are usually affordable, not much more expensive than typically grown produce, and can offer a greater variety than the grocery store. Small local farms support diversity, offering fruits and vegetables usually not found in the produce section at the large retail supermarket.

Markets or CSA distribution sites are usually a short drive, bike ride or walk away. Did you know that there are over 10 market locations in the area where folks can purchase fruits and veggies? And many accept WIC, Senior Coupons or EBT/SNAP, and some offer extra match money to increase the amount you can buy with these. Check out the list below.

CAMBRIDGE

  • Harvard University Farmers' Market
    1 Oxford Street - Science Center Plaza, Cambridge,
    June 12 to November 20 - Tuesday, 12 - 6 p.m.
    WIC, Senior Coupons and EBT-SNAP accepted
  • Charles Square Farmers' Market
    1 Bennett Street - Charles Hotel Courtyard, Cambridge
    May 25 to November 18 - Friday, 12 - 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    WIC, Senior Coupons and EBT-SNAP (select vendors) accepted
  • Central Square Farmers' Market
    Norfolk Street and Bishop Allen Drive - Parking Lot Five, Cambridge
    May 14 to November 19 - Monday, 12 - 6 p.m.
    WIC, Senior Coupons and EBT-SNAP accepted

MALDEN

SOMERVILLE

  • Union Square Farmers' Market
    Washington Street and Prospect Street - Union Square, Somerville
    May 12 to November 17 - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    WIC, Senior Coupons and EBT-SNAP accepted
  • Davis Square Farmers' Market
    Day and Herbert Street - Davis Square, Somerville
    May 16 to November 21 - Wednesday, 12 - 6 p.m.
    WIC, Senior Coupons and EBT-SNAP accepted
  • Somerville Mobile Market
    Council on Aging, 167 Holland Street,Fridays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street, Fridays, 2:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    North Street Housing Development, 26 North Street, Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Mystic Housing Development, 530 Mystic Avenue, Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

REVERE

  • Revere Farmers' Market
    249 Broadway - American Legion Building, Revere
    Dates and Times: July 7 to October 6 - Friday, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    WIC, Senior Coupons and EBT-SNAP accepted

If we missed a market in the area, please let us know with the event details. We will add the location to the list! 


Disclaimer
This articles provide general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this article, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider.

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