The market has an average of 600 to 800 visitors per week, including families, the elderly and SNAP shoppers. Visitors can shop for fresh, in-season vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, bread, and food grown and produced by Massachusetts farms, bakeries, and other food producers. Each market features live music from 4 to 6 p.m. and cooking demonstrations. Each week the market also holds fun, family events such as, Curious Creatures, Ask a Master Gardener, Bike Day and Yoga in the Park – see our Events page for full details
Young visitors are invited to join Club Sprouts. Members are asked to answer a clue of the day, taste the featured fruit or vegetable and earn a stamp in their Club Sprouts passport. Five stamps wins a prize.
Where & When
The summer market is held Thursdays, from 2 to 7 p.m., beginning in June and ending in October. The market is held outdoors in Bowden Park at the junction of W. Emerson, and Vinton Streets, adjacent to the Cedar Park Commuter Rail stop.
The winter market is held in partnership with the Wakefield Farmers’ Market on the third Sunday of every month starting with the Sunday before Thanksgiving and ending in April. The winter market is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall at 590 Main St. in Melrose.
The best way to get to the summer market is by foot or bike. If you must drive, help the market be a good neighbor to nearby businesses. Please do no park on the brick and mortar business side of W. Emerson St. You may park in the commuter rail lot for free, along Cedar Park, on the park side of W. Emerson St., on Tremont St., or at Trinity Church parking lot.
When you come to the farmers market, you can use cash, credit cards, debit cards, SNAP cards, Shop Melrose gift checks, WIC coupons, and Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons. Learn more about market money.