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The Ashmont Farmers Market

Greater Ashmont Main Street (Then, Saint Marks Area Main St.) founded the Ashmont Farmers Market in 2009. Since then, the market has become a beloved Dorchester Institution each Friday in Peabody Square!

For the most up-to-date information about the Farmers Market, follow our market calendar and social media.

Why Shop at the Farmers Market?

Farmers Markets are special! So why buy your groceries at the farmers market instead of the grocery store?

  • Fresh – While store bought fruits and veggies are usually seven to fourteen days old by the time they hit grocery store shelves, at the farmers market you’re buying fruits and veggies picked just hours earlier. This means you can expect produce that stays fresher, longer. Selling at the farmers market, farmers can choose flavor over shelf-life.
  • Local – By the time produce reaches the shelves of the grocery store, on average it’s travelled 1,200 miles. At the Ashmont Farmers Market, you’re buying from farms within a 35 mile radius
  • Responsible Food Waste – at the Farmers Market, we make use of every bit of produce. Food you don’t purchase is donated right here in Dorchester to Daily Table or used to feed the cows and chickens back on the farm!
  • Supporting Local Economy – buying local, supports our economy. Often, customers at the Ashmont Farmers Market, stop into other Greater Ashmont Main Street businesses in Peabody Square or along Dorchester Avenue. Studies have shown that every dollar spent at the farmers market, as many three additional dollars are invested in the local economy

How much of my dollar goes to the farmer?

At the Grocery Store

At the Farmers Market

  • Place-making – the Ashmont Farmers Market is so much more than a place to pick up produce, it’s a place our community comes together. Join us at the farmers market to experience free yoga classes, live music, outdoor lawn games, chess tables, theme days, and great conversation with your neighbors.

About the Market

The Ashmont Farmers Market is back for it’s 10th season. In 2017 some 480 people interacted with our market vendors each week with many more passers-by and we’re expecting even greater things in 2018. The AFM holds a special place in the heart of our neighborhood by providing families access to fresh, local produce and creating a space for friends to come together around table games, community resources, live music, and activities in Peabody Square. More than just a market, the Ashmont Farmers Market is a place locals love to linger.

  • The market usually has four regular vendors – two farms (including eggs & meats), a bakery, a fish vendor.  In addition to our market management table, we have as many as seven additional spaces each week hosting a rotation of specialty vendors and community education tabling.
  • Each week the market’s Entertainment Series hosts live music or arts (visual or performing) Our entertainment series is sponsored by local individuals and businesses. Find out more about becoming a market sponsor here. Apply to perform at the AFM here.
  • Weekly attendance at the market ranges from 350-600 people or more.

2018 Season

  • When? Opening day: June 29th, the market will run 17 weeks through October 19th. Every Friday afternoon, 3 to 7 PM
  • Where? on the Ashmont MBTA plaza, 1900 Dorchester Ave.
  • What forms of payment do you accept? Market vendors will accept cash, credit & debit cards, and SNAP/EBT, HIP. Some vendors also accept WIC and SFMNP Coupons.

Market Location

Sell at the Market

Apply to be a vendor today

The Ashmont Farmers Market is a great place to grow your customer base! Learn more about selling at the market.

Volunteer at the Market

Volunteer at the Market

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Ashmont Farmers Market. Since it’s inception, the market has been made possible by community volunteers committed to bringing fresh, local food to Greater Ashmont. Sign up for a shift below to get started or get in touch with our market manager

Play at the Market

Perform at the Ashmont Farmers Market? Each week local artists to play as part of our Entertainment Series. The set is each Friday from 4-6:30pm with set breaks. Musicians can expect: a $75 fee, the opportunity to busk, active promotion on social media, a quality Fender Passport Venue sound system, and a built in audience with some 480 weekly customers. Apply to play below!

10th Season Sponsors

Running a farmers market costs money. How do we do it? Our sponsors make everything we do at the Ashmont Farmers Market. A huge thank you to each of them.