Local Farmers Markets and CSA’s

by Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RD

Farmers Markets and CSA’s provide a great way for you and your clients to get fresh, local produce. 

foodiesfeed.com_healthy-berries-on-a-marketJune is here and that means we finally have and abundance of fresh local produce here in New England! Many Farmers Markets and CSA’s start up this month, although there are some that open later and some that are open almost year round. Farmers Markets and local CSA’s offer the freshest in local produce, as well as other local foods and products.

Here are some of the local farmers markets in northeastern Massachusetts. For a complete listing, go to the Mass Grown website and check out the map feature.

Andover Farmers’ Market
97 Main St.-Andover Historical Society, Andover, MA 01810
Dates & Times: June 18 to October 8 – Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
Beverly Farmers’ Market
Rantoul St. & Railroad Ave.-Veteran’s Park, Beverly, MA 01915
Dates & Times: June 13 to October 3 (closed 7/4 & 9/5) – Monday, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted
Everett Farmers’ Market

Everett Square-Municipal Parking Lot next to Braza Grill, Everett, MA 02149
Dates & Times: June to October – Wednesday, 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

3 Holten St-, Danvers, MA 01923
Dates & Times: June 8 to October 5 – Wednesday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Essex Farmers’ Market
24 Martin Street-Shepard Memorial Park, Essex, MA 01929
Dates & Times: June 18 to October 15 – Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Gloucester/Cape Ann Farmers’ Market
Hough Ave.-, Gloucester, MA 01930
Dates & Times: June 2 to October 13 – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Haverhill Farmers’ Market
40 Bailey Blvd.-next to police station, Haverhill, MA 01830
Dates & Times: June 25 to October 29 – Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Ipswich Farmers’ Market
Ipswich Center Green-Hall Haskell House, Ipswich, MA 01938
Dates & Times: June 18 to October 1 – Saturday, 9:00 am – Noon
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Lawrence Farmers’ Market
Jackson and Haverhill Street-Campagnone Park, Lawrence, MA 01840
Dates & Times: July 6 to October 26 – Wednesday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Lawrence/Saturday Farmers’ Market
Intersection of North Parish Road and Winthrop Ave.-Sullivan Park, off Rt. 114, next to Memorial Sta, Lawrence, MA 01843
Dates & Times: July 9 to October 29 – Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Lowell/Downtown Farmers’ Market
50 Arcand Drive-City Hall Plaza, Lowell, MA 01852
Dates & Times: July 1 to October 14 – Friday, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Lowell/The Farm Market Farmers’ Market
250 Jackson Street-Mill No. 5, Lowell, MA 01852
Dates & Times: year-round – Sunday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lynn Farmers’ Market
Union St & Exchange St-Central Sq., Lynn, MA 01901
Dates & Times: July to October – Thursday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Marblehead Farmers’ Market
28 Vine St-Middle School, Marblehead, MA 01945
Dates & Times: May 28 to November 19 – Saturday, 9:00 am – Noon
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted


Melrose Farmers’ Market
West Emerson Street and Cedar Park-Bowden Park, Melrose, MA 02176
Dates & Times: June 9 to October 27 – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Methuen Farmers’ Market

254 Broadway-Next to Methuen Federal Credit Union, Methuen, MA 01844
Dates & Times: July 8 to October 28 – Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted


Newburyport Farmers’ Market
50 Water St-The Tannery Market, Newburyport, MA 01950
Dates & Times: May to November – Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

Newburyport/Federal Street Farmers’ Market
6 Federal Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
Dates & Times: May 7 to October 1 – Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

North Reading Farmers’ Market
Central Street-Ipswich River Park, North Reading, MA 01864
Dates & Times: June 15 to September 28 – Wednesday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

North Reading/Spring Farmers’ Market
140 North Street-North Reading Moose Lodge 1511, North Reading, MA 01864
Dates & Times: March to May 7 – Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Peabody Farmers’ Market
24 Lowell Street-Peabody City Hall, Peabody, MA 01960
Dates & Times: July 12 to October 18 – Tuesday, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
249 Broadway-American Legion Hall, Revere, MA 02151
Dates & Times: July 8 to October 7 – Friday, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Broadway and Mt. Pleasant Street-Harvey Park, Rockport, MA 01966
Dates & Times: June 25 to October 15 – Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

Main St & Summer St-Rowley Town Common, Rt 1A, Rowley, MA 01969
Dates & Times: July 10 to October 30 – Sunday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

32 Derby Sq.-Derby Square, in front of Old Town Hall, Salem, MA 01970
Dates & Times: June 9 to October 13 – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

Saugus/Cliftondale Farmers’ Market
Lincoln Ave & Jackson St.-Cliftondale Square, Saugus, MA 01906
Dates & Times: July to October – Tuesday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

Main Street-Town Common, Stoneham, MA 02180
Dates & Times: June 16 to October 13 – Thursday, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

Swampscott Farmers’ Market
200 Essex Street-Swampscott High School, front parking lot, Swampscott, MA 01907
Dates & Times: June 12 to November 20 – Sunday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

468 North Ave-adjacent to the Veterans ballfield and parking lot, Wakefield, MA 01880
Dates & Times: June 18 to October 15 – Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
EBT-SNAP Accepted

West Newbury/Laurel Grange Farmers’ Market
21 Garden Street-Grange Hall, West Newbury, MA 01985
Dates & Times: July to November – Saturday, 9:00 am – Noon
Winthrop Farmers’ Market
9 Walden Street-French Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
Dates & Times: June 19 to October 23 – Every other Sunday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

Here are some local CSA’s. For a more complete list, go to massgrown.com and search for CSA’s in your area. While many of these may be full for the season, it’s worthing asking if there are any spots available or at least getting on the waiting list for next year.
Appleton Farms

219 County Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: (978) 356-5728
Appleton Farms is America’s oldest working farm. Have a 550-member CSA, a grass-based dairy and beef operation dairy farm store where it sells farmstead cheeses, yogurt, beef and eggs, a maple sugaring operation, more than 12 miles of beautiful walking trails, a visitor center, and a year-round education programs and events and culinary workshops for all ages.
CSA Products offered: Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Herbs
Pickup(s): On Farm


Chris’s Farmstand
436 Salem St., Haverhill, MA 01835
Phone: (978) 994-4315
Fresh fruits and vegetables, meat & eggs at our farmstands. Offer pumpkin festival with narrated hayrides, pony rides and corn maze. Farm animal display, pick your own pumpkin patch, kid games, hay castle, toddler haunted house, and school tours.
CSA Products offered: Fruits, Vegetables
Pickup(s): On Farm
A not-for-profit member organization with the mission of promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyle options through the distribution of locally grown organic food.
Pick-up’s in Marblehead, Salem, and Melrose
Phone: 1-877-FDC-FARM
Fellows Farm

Fellows Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: (978) 578-9098
We are a small farm whose driving principles are community, locally and organically grown produce, and sustainability. We aim to provide our shareholders with as much information as we can about their food and encourage them to walk around the farm and become familiar with the way their food is grown. In an effort to give back to the community, we donate our excess to a local shelter.
CSA Product offered: Vegetables, Flowers
Pickup(s): On Farm

First Light Farm
464 Highland Street, Hamilton, MA 01936
Phone: (781) 710-6749
CSA Product offered: Vegetables, Fruit
Pickup(s): Farmer Markets
Greater Newburyport CSA
128 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951
Phone: 978 465-2913
We provide certified organic and organically grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers to CSA program shareholders in the Greater Newburyport area and beyond. In addition, we offer a certified organic PYO garden as part of your share, and the opportunity to enjoy a tranquil, pastoral setting while visiting.
CSA Product offered: Fruit, Flowers, Herbs
Pickup(s): Farmer markets
Herrick Farm

77 Dodge Road, Rowley , MA 01969
Phone: (978) 948-2083
Family farm for 300 years and fifteen years ago commenced the vegetable business with a simple, self-service corn stand. Since that year, more and more people have discovered Herrick Farm corn and we were able to expand little by little each year. Still, more and more people visit our stand and come back to support us. Our hope is to satisfy even more customers this year and to educate people about the importance of buying local produce and supporting local farms. This year we look forward to expanding our harvest and offering Community Supported Agriculture.
CSA Products offered: Vegetables
Pickup(s): On Farm

Luna Farm
62 Haverhill St, North Reading, MA 01864
Phone: 617.680.8335
Luna Farm is a five-acre farm with two and a half acres in vegetable production. It is committed to growing with sustainable practices, which includes cover cropping, crop rotation and organic fertilizers like compost and manure. In addition to managing a 40 member CSA, Luna Farm also sells weekly into a local Co-op that supports emerging farmers, and donates to a local organization that works with new mothers. The mission of Luna Farm is to protect food access and promote food security within the greater Boston area.
CSA Products offered: Vegetables, Flowers
Pickup(s): Ryer’s Store, North Reading , The Powderhouse School, Somerville, MA

259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: (978) 356-3055
Third generation farm with farm stand selling vegetables and fruits and many in season activities; Strawberry Festival, corn maze park, school tours, family events, farm animals and CSA.
Pick up: Wednesdays at the farm.

Middle Earth Farms
67 Fern Ave., Amesbury, MA 01913
Phone: (978) 388-4470
CSA Products offered: Vegetable, Fruit, Dairy, Eggs, Flowers
Pickup(s): On Farm
Moraine Farm, The Trustees of Reservations
733 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: (978) 969-1738
Year-round CSA farm shares. Volunteer and educational opportunities for schools, community groups, families and individuals. Seasonal celebrations and annual Open House at the farm.
CSA Products offered: Dairy, Fruits, Flowers, Vegetables
Pickup(s): On Farm
Towerhill Farm 

276 Ames Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 688-2878
Small CSA and grow other products at Chris’s Farm Stand.
Pickup(s): On Farm


Gluten Intolerance and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Author: Maria Adams, MS, RDN/LDN

It’s estimated that about 1 in 100 people worldwide have celiac disease. In the US, the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease in the past 50 years has quadrupled. And about 2.5 million people are believed to be living with undiagnosed celiac disease. Moreover, a newer condition, known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), has emerged.

Over the past decade we have seen a huge increase in the popularity of gluten free diets and gluten free foods. Many people have chosen to eliminate gluten from their diet because they believe it will help them lose weight or because they have heard it’s harmful.

As dietitians, we are clearly aware that there seems to be a fad component to this diet. However, we also know that there is a subset of people who truly feel better following a gluten-free diet, even though they don’t have celiac disease. It’s easy to speculate that for some of these individuals this may be related to the reduced number of processed foods that they eat when they cut out gluten, but for others it actually does seem to be related to the elimination of gluten.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) was first described in the 1980’s. It’s characterized by intestinal and other physical symptoms brought on by eating gluten-containing foods in people who don’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy. The overall prevalence of NCGS is unknown, partly because many people self-diagnose and adopt a gluten free diet without medical consultation.

The classic presentation of NCGS is a combination of IBS-like symptoms: bloating, abdominal pain, bowel habit abnormalities (diarrhea or constipation), along with systemic signs such as “foggy mind”, headache, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, leg or arm numbness, dermatitis, depression, and anemia.

There are currently no clinical tests available to diagnose NCGS. But a good starting point is to first rule out celiac disease or wheat allergy. The next step is to eliminate gluten from the diet and see if symptoms resolve, and then to reintroduce gluten and see if they come back. (However, most patients have already tested a gluten-free diet on their own before seeking medical advice.)

Research suggests that some people with NCGS find additional improvement in their symptoms when they follow a low FODMAPs diet—often recommended for people with IBS—in addition to adopting a gluten free diet.

Since we are just learning about NCGS and accepting it as an actual condition, there is still a lot of gray when it comes to understanding its symptoms, causes, management and role in other conditions such as IBS and chronic fatigue. Additional questions include: Is it permanent or transitory? How prevalent is it?

The diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease is better understood. But what we are still sorting out is what triggers its onset? Why has the prevalence of celiac increased four-fold over the past half century? Can it be prevented? What is the role of the microbiome in all this?

Theories about the trigger and rise of celiac disease include:

  • A change in the wheat that we eat—wheat has undergone significant hybridization and processing over the last fifty years or so,
  • The hygiene hypothesis, which is a theory that may help explain the rise in a variety of allergies and auto-immune conditions, and
  • Changes to our gut microbiome—recent studies suggest that the microbiome may play a crucial role in whether or not and how gluten intolerance develops.

If you want to learn more about gluten disorders and the role of the microbiome, come to NEMDA’s May speaker event!


  • Discuss an approach to the gluten free diet
  • Introduce novel therapeutics under investigation to treat celiac disease
  • Examine how the intestinal microbiome develops
  • Present early environmental factors that may alter the development of the intestinal microbiome
  • Discuss how the intestinal microbiome may be used as a target to prevent celiac disease

Register here, but hurry, as space is limited!










An Important Credentialing Update – October 15, 2015

According to cdrnet.org,

Julie Robarts, MS, MPH, RDN, LDN

The underlying principle of the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) process is that effective continuing professional education (CPE) involves more than information transfer alone. Research shows CPE is optimized when each practitioner identifies knowledge and skills needed for professional competence, uses appropriate educational methods, and develops individualized strategies to implement what has been learned by applying it to professional practice.

Lisa S. Brown, PhD, RD, LDN

Building upon these principles, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) constructed a PDP process, which promotes lifelong learning and continuing professional competence while providing you with the tools to achieve these aims. The tools will enable you to analyze circumstances, requirements, and essential practice competencies within your profession; create and carry out an individualized continuing education activity; and evaluate the success of using CPE in your professional life.”

Are you confused (or sometimes frustrated) by the Professional Portfolio or License Renewal process?  Join NEMDA on October 15, 2015 as we learn from Julie Robarts and Lisa Brown how the PDP has changed (hopefully for the better), how to best utilize the credentialing to your benefit, the origin of State licensure in Massachusetts and how to maintain that license now.

Register for October 15th today!

FED UP Screening on March 19th in Danvers, MA – Meet the Panelists

0047379-FacebookImageMarch 19th FED UP Screening & Panel Discussion
Meet the Panelists

FED UP with the state of nutrition and food supply in the US today?  Come join your equally frustrated peers to see how you can make a difference.   Join our panelists and your peers in a post-screening discussion.



DrMabelJudith Mabel, RD, PhD, CLT is a dietitian, nutritionist and biochemist, with degrees from Cornell University, Harvard University, and Boston University. She blends traditional and complementary techniques, and is a graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine.  She works in private practice in Brookline as NutritionBoston.com, and has a newsletter, Mabel’s Tables.


1415061_376227792519048_1225532257_oRyan D. Andrews is a registered dietitian  and strength and conditioning specialist who completed his education in exercise and nutrition at the University of Northern Colorado, Kent State University, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. He’s written dozens of research articles on nutrition, exercise, and health, authored Drop The Fat Act & Live Lean, and coauthored The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition Certification Manual. Ryan is currently a coach with Precision Nutrition, offering life-changing, research-driven nutrition coaching for everyone.