“I’m thrilled that this winter market is happening in Codman Square, a neighborhood that has a history of vibrant seasonal markets, and a community that is committed to making farm fresh produce accessible.”
The market currently features six vendors committed to bringing a range of winter produce, including potatoes, greens, squash, onions, turnips, celery root, beets, carrots, as well as a variety of meats, including pork, beef, and chicken. Additional products include eggs, jams, mustards, and bread. Rotating craft vendors will bring a variety of artisanal goods, such as textile arts, for sale at the market.
Shoppers are invited to visit the Winter Market on a weekly basis: art, music, educational workshops and other “place-making”
“We’ve seen the impact of Boston’s farmers’ markets during summer months,” states Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “They’ve brought healthy, fresh, local produce into neighborhoods and have leveraged the buying power of low-income consumers through adding Boston Bounty Bucks double coupons to EBT cards. The new Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market is an exciting pilot venture to extend these benefits to residents year-round. I applaud the organizers—the Dorchester Food Cooperative planning group—for their innovative and thoughtful approaches to better nutrition and food justice in Boston.”
As the only healthy winter food market accepting EBT/SNAP—as well as Boston Bounty Bucks, an initiative of the City of Boston and the Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness which doubles the value of SNAP purchases to a total of up to $20—the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market is uniquely poised to serve consumers of all income levels.
Housed in the Codman Square Great Hall, a National Register of Historic Places site, the market further energizes an invaluable community space. Now utilized by Codman Square Health Center and the Codman Academy Charter School, the former library building frequently hosts neighborhood meetings, health fairs and civic forums.
About the Dorchester Community Food Cooperative:
The Dorchester Community Food Cooperative is a local food initiative founded in 2011 by residents of Dorchester and the surrounding communities. It is planning to establish a full-service, community and worker-owned food cooperative in Dorchester within the coming years. The “Food Co-op” will offer farm-fresh produce, bulk grains and spices and a variety of healthy food and green household products. In addition, it will serve as a community asset and gather space for skill-sharing, civic engagement and health/nutrition education.
The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays from January 8 through the end of March. The market is housed within the Great Hall at Codman Square, 6 Norfolk, Dorchester, MA, located at the intersection of Washington and Norfolk Streets. The nearby Shawmut Station provides subway transportation to the area and numerous buses serve the area. For more information on the Winter Farmers’ Market or Dorchester Community Food Co-op, visit http://dotcommcoop.wordpress.com/