“Farming” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of life in Boston. However, you’d be surprised. Though you may not find barns and chickens, you will find an impressive array of places to enjoy farm fresh food. This is true whether you’re looking for an edible garden to grace your own table or whether you’re looking for a hot new farm-to-table restaurant.
Here are some of your options.
There are two locations to choose from here: either the South End location at 106 Waltham Street or the Boston Public Market location on 100 Hanover Street. This farm-to-table grocery store is open year round and offers produce from regional farms. These stores are also pickup locations and sign-up spots for CSA shares. You’ll get a weekly harvest box from a 75-acre local farm.
Visit the Revision Farm Stand for fresh urban farmed produce, or sign up for their own CSA. You can also get their produce either at the Dorchester House Farmer’s Market or the Milton Farmer’s Market. The Revision Urban Farm helps to feed the homeless sheltering at the Victory Program’s Revision Family Home. It also brings new jobs into the Dorchester area.
Speaking of Farmer’s Markets, you’ll find over 20 locations throughout the Boston Metro Area. There are so many, in fact, that it’s not hard to find one within driving distance no matter which neighborhood you choose to live in.
There are over 200 community gardens throughout the Boston area. Getting involved in a community garden will allow you to grow your own food. Plots are available for the price of a small, reasonable annual fee. Each garden has its own rules and processes, however, so you’ll need to contact the garden nearest you in order to learn more.
How about some fresh fruit, brought to you by the Boston Tree Party? This organization plants apple trees, in pairs, all over the city. If you want to get involved you can sign up to plant trees this spring. The idea is to create free apples that are available to everyone all over the city.
Farm stands put you directly in contact with the people who produce your food, and you’ll find plenty of them across the metro area. Some farm stands only sell a handful of specialty products. Others, like Marshall’s Farm Stand, offer enough of a variety to allow you to knock out most of your grocery list without breaking a sweat. Use the above-linked map to find some awesome alternatives near you.
Don’t have time to run all over town in search of the perfect farmer’s market, fruit stand or store? Just get them delivered right to your doorstep. Boston Organics will bring you a farm-fresh produce box every week (or biweekly, if you choose). They deliver to Boston, Burlington, Cambridge, Charlestown, Lexington, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown and Woburn. It’s the convenient way to support farmers while enjoying fresh food.
Boston’s restaurant scene is full of hot spots where you can enjoy farm-to-fresh cooking from some incredible chefs. Explore Evoo in Cambridge or Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain to enjoy a truly unforgettable experience. You’ll find even more options on the above-linked Zagat Top Ten.
With this many options you may never need to eat processed food ever again.
By learning to navigate Boston’s farm-to-table scene you might end up reserving that old chain supermarket for cat food and toiletry purchases. I wouldn’t blame you one bit…when farm season is in full swing that’s what I’m doing!