FAQs about the Winchester Farmers Market

At a farmers market, the farmers who grow produce or raise animals for meat, eggs, or milk sell directly to customers. Customers can meet the people who are actually growing or producing the food you eat.
In addition, local craftspeople, organizations, and businesses are showcased at farmers markets.

Our farmers market is a community event that is enjoyable in its own right. See your friends and neighbors and meet people who live in Winchester and neighboring communities. Local musicians perform each week.

Shopping at a farmers market benefits your family and community, supports local farmers and the local economy, and helps preserve the environment.

Farmers market produce is at its peak of freshness when it is most flavorful and nutritious. Most grocery store produce (even organic produce) is picked before peak ripeness and shipped hundreds or thousands of miles. These foods are often less flavorful and less nutritious.

Farmers markets nudge customers to consider how food is produced and to be in tune with the seasons. As community events, farmers markets provide opportunities for customers, farmers, performers, and craftspeople to gather and share their experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm in a fun, festive environment.

Local farmers depend upon the sale of their produce for their livelihood. Farmers markets make it possible for local farmers to stay in business. When farmers can sell directly to customers instead of through a chain of distributors, they can retain more of their profi of t. Many farmers who participate in farmers markets work on family farms that have been operating for generations and depend on local customers to survive. Local farms usually employ local workers and are an important part a thriving local economy.

Local farms play an important role in preserving open space and healthy ecosystems. Because local farmers have a personal and economic investment in the land they farm, many follow organic and/or sustainable* practices to protect and enrich their farmland and to produce the most nutritious, safe, and flavorful produce possible. Local farms usually grow many different crops, and crop biodiversity is important for healthy natural ecosystems.

Farmers market pricing is often different from that in supermarkets. Most organic produce in a supermarket comes from farms that are part of large commercial agro-businesses, which have economies of scale not possible for small, local farmers to maintain. Many organic farms that supply supermarkets are in areas of the world where land is much less expensive than it is in New England (especially Massachusetts), and where the growing season is much longer.

The short and unpredictable growing season in New England means that a farmer must spend a lot of money and time to have produce ready as early and late in the season as possible.

To participate in the Winchester Farmers Market, farmers are required to follow organic or other sustainable practices, including integrated pest management (IPM). IPM aims to control pests in an environmentally responsible manner that eliminates or reduces pesticide use, compared to standard conventional farming.

Because the organic certification process is quite complex, time consuming, and expensive, some farmers who use organic methods choose not to get certified. Also, some farmers certify specific crops as organic, even if their entire farm is not certified.

The most important way is to attend and buy from the participating farmers. Winchester Farmers Market Community Hub is a nonprofit organization that relies on grants, donations, and volunteers. The Winchester Farmers Market gratefully accepts donations to support the many costs of successfully launching and running the market. Volunteers are also welcome to participate in the various planning and weekly activities necessary for running the market.

The market manager oversees the week-to-week operations of the farmers market. When the Farmers Market was the only project of the Winchester Farmers Market Community Hub, the volunteer board of directors oversaw the operations of the market. But as the Community Hub branched out to include food security, environmental, and community-building programs, the time was right to form a volunteer steering committee dedicated to the oversight and success of the farmers market.

The Winchester Farmers Market Community Hub is an umbrella organization that aims to enrich the social, civic, and economic fabric of the Town of Winchester and the surrounding region. WFMCHub fosters, through collaboration with other organizations, the kind of interactions that promotes the development of resilient communities.

The WFMCHub promotes healthy foods, fosters community, partners for resilience, and supports the vulnerable. Currently, the projects of the Hub are the Winchester Farmers Market, Anna’s Fund, Grow Local for the Planet, and Gardens for Good. Visit our WFMCHub website to learn more 

We love to see dogs accompany their humans to the market. We ask that dogs be on leash and under supervision at all times. Please come prepared and always pick up after your canine friend.

The Winchester Farmers Market is located on the Town Common. Each entrance to the Town Common is accessible and vendors are located along a paved path that runs through the Common.  There are multiple benches in shady spots along the path.  If you need additional assistance, please stop by the market manager’s tent.

The Winchester Farmers Market runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm, from the second Saturday of June through the last Saturday in October. We are located on the beautiful Town Common at the corner of Church St. and Waterfield Rd.  The Common features a paved walking path, benches, and native plants, and is home to many trees, which provide cooling shade on hot summer days.

The market stays open even on rainy days and through temperature extremes. Vendors are committed to appearing according to schedule, rain or shine. We do close the market under conditions that threaten public safety.

Stay in touch by subscribing to our weekly email newsletter  sent out on Thursdays, which includes a list of vendors appearing at the market that Saturday. Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram .

Some vendors accept or even prefer preordering from their website and may be able to offer products they don’t typically bring to the market. Please check with your favorite vendor about ordering ahead of time.

At our market, food assistance is offered through Anna’s Fund. People in need who can show residence in Woburn or Winchester are eligible. Stop by the market manager’s tent at the market or visit the food assistance page on our website for more information.
SNAP, HIP, WIC and Senior FMNP shoppers are always welcome.

The farmers market aims to have a variety at each market that includes farm produce, meat and dairy, locally produced prepared foods, some ready-to-eat items, baked goods, self-care products, household crafts, and services.

We accept new applications starting at the beginning of the calendar year for the season beginning in early June.

The farmers market hosts two sets each Saturday and a music sponsor offers an honorarium for each group. A canopy and electricity hookup are provided. Interested musicians can send a email to Fred, the market manager.

he Winchester Artists’ Network [link] puts together a roster of members to appear at the farmers market. Likewise, the Winchester Chamber of Commerce helps to organize a schedule of members who wish to appear. Representatives of community groups and organizations can contact our market manager [info@winchesterfarmersmarket.org ] about appearing at the market.

Students are the life of our market team! Contact our market manager [info@winchesterfarmersmarket.org] about participating.
SNAP Interns. Each season, several interns—often students—are hired to process SNAP benefits for qualifying shoppers and offer help to those needing food assistance.
Student Clubs. 

The Winchester High School WFM Club does a variety of fundraising, organizes children’s activities,  and helps with setting up at the market before each market day. 

A Bridge to Connect (BriCo) began in 2022 and facilitates communication between non-English speaking customers and local farmers by providing translation assistance. They bridge cultural gaps, promote accessibility, and foster an inclusive environment at the market, ensuring everyone can enjoy its offerings and benefit from its resources.

The farmers market welcomes business sponsors and community partners through grants or donations. Every season, we look for an overall sponsor for our market and grant assistance for Anna’s Fund. Please contact our market manager  for more information about becoming a sponsor or community partner.