Farmer's Markets Southbridge MA

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Oxford Farmers Market
(508) 987-6002
Town Common
Oxford, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Worcester

Brookfield Farmers Market
(508) 867-0460
Tip Top General Store, 8 Central St.
Brookfield, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 21-October 11 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Worcester

Leicester Farmers Market
(508) 892-9883
Route 9 West, just past The Castle Restaurant
Leicester, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
County
Worcester

Auburn Farmers Market
(508) 867-4763
Auburn Library parking lot, Rt. 12
Auburn, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 6-October 31 Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Worcester

Putnam Farmers Market
18 Kennedy Drive
Putnam, CT
Hours
June-October Monday &Amp; Thursday, 3:30 P.M.- 6:00 P.M.
Other
Year Round?: No
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Brimfield at Hitchcock Academy
(413) 245-9764
Hitchcock Free Academy Community Center, 2 Brookfield Rd.
Brimfield, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April 18-October 10 Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Hampden

Holden Farmers Market
(508) 885-3760
Damon House Parking lot, Center of Town
Holden, MA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 5-October 27 Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
County
Worcester

Stafford Springs Farmers Market
Mocko'S Lot
Stafford Springs, CT
Hours
July-October Monday &Amp; Thursday, 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.
Other
Year Round?: No
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Stafford Springs Farmers Market
Mocko's lot; Junction of Routes 32 and 190 (West Stafford Rd.)
Stafford Springs, CT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Monday & Thursday, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Tolland

Putnam Farmers Market
Dunkin Dounut parking lot, 325 Woodstock Ave
Putnam, CT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Monday & Thursday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Windham

Tips for Growing the Perfect Tomato

Last weekend, I bought something at the farmers’ market that got me so excited I went way over budget and didn’t even wait until I got home to dig into my purchase. What got me so amped up amid crowds of pushy people before I’d even finished my morning coffee? The advent of tomato season, of course.

Farmers’ market tomatoes are a different breed—figuratively and often literally—than the hard, packaged ones in the grocery stores’ year-round produce section. They’re multicolored, they range in size from that of a Ping-Pong ball to that of a grapefruit, and the taste (oh, the taste!) is fruity, sweet, and silky all at the same time. My ode to fresh tomatoes would be one of undying love if it weren’t for the price: my breathless purchase set me back ten bucks. This got me thinking: could I grow my own tomatoes and feed my craving for the fruit while saving money—and cultivate my own green thumb at the same time?

To find out what it really takes to grow a good tomato, I consulted Penny Granberg, a grower who, according to local opinion, consistently grows the farmers’ markets’ juiciest, most flavorful tomatoes.

Should Any Home Gardener Give It a Try?
Turns out, tomatoes are one of the top crops in home gardens, since they’re easy to grow , compared with other fruits and veggies. And don’t think that tomato growing is just for Californians or Floridians—tomatoes are cold-tolerant to a certain extent. To help out gardeners nationwide with just this dilemma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the plant hardiness zone map , which divides North America into eleven zones, ranked by how cold they are (zone one being the coldest). If you look up a plant, like a certain type of tomato, it will tell you whether that plant will survive in your region. For example, one type of tomato might be cold-tolerant to zone seven, so if you live in zones seven through eleven, that’s a type that’s worth a try.

There are two basic types of tomatoes from which to choose: determinant varieties, which stop growing new vines when flowering begins (leading to a large, single crop), or indeterminate varieties, which continue to add new growth throughout the season (usually from midsummer until the first frost).

Plan for Planting
Feeling ambitious enough to start from seed? “Plant them in April,” recommends Granberg, whose Rose Lane Farm in California grows about 1,800 tomato plants each year. “Otherwise, a late frost will ruin them.” Granberg says it’s best to start from seed, but if you lack the timing or patience (or green thumb, like I do), she says, buying a young plant from a reputable nursery is also a fine way to get started, especially for first-timers.

Granberg recommends planting in April because it’s crucial to wait until any possibility of frost has passed. Check with your local garden store to find out an ideal planting time for your area.

Room to Grow
We associate tomatoes with summer because they’re warm-weather produce, which ...

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