The Dorchester Winter Farmer’s Market is now in full swing for 2014, and Nourish Boston was happy to attend the second Sunday of the season this past weekend. It was wonderful to meet members of the community and talk about (and taste) healthy, delicious food!
The market offers a great mix of local and organic produce stands from farms like Silverbrook and Oakdale, fresh eggs, homemade bread, grass-fed and organic meat from Lilac Hedge Farm, locally caught fish from Red’s Best, cheese from Foxboro Cheese, and other snacks from Mi Padre Pedro’s and Union Square Donuts. With live music all afternoon and entertainment for kids, it’s worth a trip even if you aren’t a Dorchester resident. The market is held in the Great Hall at the Codman Square Heath Center, which is just about a 10 minute walk from the Shawmut stop on the Red Line.
Nourish Boston was there to get feedback from customers about what they want to see at the market, offer nutrition and shopping tips, and provide healthy recipe ideas. It’s one thing to bring home a bunch of colorful, fresh groceries from the farmer’s market with the best of intentions, but it’s another challenge to prepare everything and turn those whole foods into meals for the whole family.
The market provides a great opportunity for the community to get fresh, high quality, local and affordable food even in the dead of winter. There are plenty of fast food restaurants and convenience stores in Codman Square, but the area is lacking in grocery stores. The farmer’s market fills an important nutritional gap for Dorchester residents. The market will be open every Sunday from 12-4 until the end of March, so be sure to check it out. Nourish Boston will have a table once per month offering healthy cooking advice and more, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to meet us there.