Good Health Starts by Buying at Local Farmers Markets
According to the 2019 Southcoast Health Needs Assessment, the South Coast region has several areas classified as food deserts, where most residents live over 0.5 miles away from a grocery store or supermarket. Over 80 percent of the Greater New Bedford region do not consume the recommended daily five servings of fruit and vegetables. Additionally, a significant portion of Southcoast residents suffer from food insecurity, an inability to reliably access a sufficient amount of affordable, nutritious food. Access to healthy food influences the ability of South Coast residents to make good dietary choices, which reduce the risk of poor diet-related outcomes such as diabetes and heart disease.
Southcoast Health is the lead sponsor of the United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Wareham Mobile Market. This market provides low-income working families with fresh and local produce donated to residents of Greater New Bedford in a farmer’s market style set-up.
The mobile market runs from July through October on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. This year, the market will be located at the Wareham Middle School.
Southcoast Health employees who wish to volunteer at the market by assisting with unloading produce, prepacking bags and registration assistance can sign-up here.
Coastal Foodshed is a local non-profit organization that works to strengthen the local food economy by making it easier for growers to sell, and consumers to buy, healthy, affordable, local foods. Through their programs, they provide fresh, local foods to Greater New Bedford’s neighborhoods and serve over 15,000 New Bedford customers annually.
Coastal Foodshed markets accept, credit and debit cards, and WIC, SNAP, EBT, HIP and Senior Coupon benefits.
Outdoor Farmers Markets:
All outdoor markets run from June through October.
- Clasky Common Park: Fridays 2pm to 6pm
- Brooklawn Park: Mondays 2pm to 6pm
- Buttonwood Park: Thursdays 2pm to 6pm
Indoor Farmers Markets:
All indoor markets run from November through May
Buttonwood Warming House: Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Mobile Farm Stand & Pop-Up Services:
All mobile farm stands run from June through October
Mobile Farm Stand sites are located in under-served neighborhoods to bring local food right to our community.
Serenity Gardens/Bedford Village: Tuesdays 3pm to 6pm
An online market, where shoppers can purchase from local vendors and get items delivered right to their door. Pick up options are also available.
- Download or visit WhatsGood
- Shop Online: Saturday-Monday
- Delivery: Wednesday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Pick-Up: Wednesday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Coastal Foodshed’s Food Hub (38 Blackmer Street, New Bedford)
- Credit/Debit accepted for online purchases only
- SNAP/EBT/HIP accepted for pre-order online only, payments upon pickup
For more information, visit https://coastalfoodshed.org.
Rosebrook Farmer’s Market
For the third year, Southcoast Health and the A.D. Makepeace Company have partnered to host a farmer’s market, located at 35 Rosebrook Place in Wareham. This market features fresh, locally grown produce along with the opportunity to purchase items from specialty vendors. Additionally, each week market sponsors donate fresh produce from the farmers to local food pantries.
The Farmer’s market runs from July through October, every Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Meet the vendors:
- Steve’s Farm Stand of Rochester
Specialty vendors change each week. To stay up today with the current vendors, please visits http://admakepeace.com/.
Some vendors accept Snap, WIC, and HIP benefits.
For information about the United Way’s Mobile Markets and their additional work in the community, visit https://unitedwayofgnb.org/.