Who runs the LFM?
The LFM is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors whose members coordinate and oversee various parts of the market, and is run weekly by an on-site Market Manager.
How Do I Get to the Spring-Summer-Fall Market held from May-October?
The LFM is located in Lexington, Massachusetts at the corner of Mass Avenue, Fletcher Avenue and Maple Street, near the Lexington Police Station and Cary Hall.
BY CAR: the LFM is on Route 4/225, approximately 3 miles from Route 2, or off of Route 128, taking Route 4/225 towards Lexington.
BY BIKE: the LFM is adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway; we have bike racks available at the market, as well as monthly Bike to the Market days where you can valet you bike for free.
BY BUS: The LFM is on MBTA Bus Route 62, which can be picked up at the Alewife T Station.
Where is the Winter Market held?
In 2017, the Small Yet Mighty Winter Market will be held at the Waldorf School at 739 Massachusetts Ave. in Lexington. The entrance is ground level around the back of the building and parking is available.
Where Can I Park for the Spring-Fall Market?
Check out our parking page and handy map! There is ample free all-day parking available around the perimeter of the market as well as on our neighboring side streets and metered parking on Mass Ave.
What Does Locally-Produced Mean?
At the LFM, we strive to ensure that all products sold by our farmers, vendors and artisans are locally-grown, locally-sourced or locally crafted. We do this by visiting farms, going to see where our vendors produce their foods, and testing out their products. We work to have a balance of items available at the market, and carefully research farmers and vendors before they are admitted to the market, with the ultimate decision up to the discretion of the Market Manager and Board of Directors. The LFM’s goal is to provide a healthy, local and vibrant mix of products to make the LFM a wonderful place to visit and shop.
When is my favorite farmer, vendor or artisan is coming?
The best way to stay on top of the latest news at the spring-fall LFM is to sign up for the weekly newsletter sent on Monday (see signup on home page), which highlights which guest vendors, artisans or entertainers are coming to the market that week. Another efficient way is to “like” us on Facebook, where there is a FB post every the morning of market day on who is coming to the LFM that day. LFM farmers and vendors generally come weekly; there also have bi-weekly participants and Guest Vendors who come on irregular dates. Check under Farmers and Vendors on the home page to see dates, or contact the farmer/vendor directly to double check. Artisans and entertainers come on a revolving schedule, and you should contact them directly to confirm dates they will be attending.
What If My Favorite Farmers or Vendors Have Sold Out Before I Get There?
PRE-ORDER! Farmers and Vendors all take pre-orders via email or calling before the market. Know there is something you desperately want this week or next? Get in touch with them, they would be happy to make arrangements and save things for you.
Do You Accept SNAP?
Yes! The LFM was the first farmers’ market in the metrowest region to accept SNAP/EBT, and the first to offer matching dollars. Thanks to fundraising and the generosity of the LFM community, the LFM matches up to $15 each week in SNAP dollars with LFM gift certificates. In addition, at the last Tuesday market of each month, we have “Close the Gap” where all SNAP users will get an additional $10 by just showing their EBT card. You can do all this at the Market Manager’s tent, which is in the center of the market.
How I can join the market as a Farmer/Vendor/Artisan/Entertainer?
Applications each season are generally available starting in February, and need to be received by mid to end of March. Check the website for information; applications are posted on the appropriate page by category. Please note that once the season is filled, we keep applications on a waiting list if space becomes available.
Can I Volunteer?
There are lots of ways to get involved at the market, including helping under the market managers tent, running a special event, looking into grant programs and so much more. Students can even get community service hours by helping at the market; contact [email protected] more information.
How Can My Company Be a Sponsor of the LFM?
We love our sponsors and value their interest in our community. It is a great way to build awareness of your company and in-person advertising! [email protected] more information
Can I Donate to the Market?
Donations to the LFM directly support the running of the market, as well as our SNAP matching program. We are grateful for any size donation; contact [email protected] more information.
Can I Buy Gift Certificates at the Market?
Absolutely! They make wonderful teacher gifts, thank you’s to local friends, and lots more. You can find them at the Market Manager’s Tent.
Do You Close the Market if There is Bad Weather?
We have worked with the Lexington Police Department to develop a responsible weather policy. In general, we do not close the market unless there is a public safety emergency (such as a tornado or nearby fire) as determined by the police. In the event of high winds, heavy rain or other inclement weather, the Market Manager will make a public announcement through a loudspeaker to inform market shoppers, farmers and vendors of the impending weather conditions.
Do Any Farmers or Vendors in 2016 Take Credit Cards? (YES!)
Absolutely! Check out our list below for the many ways to pay at the LFM
2016 LFM WAYS TO PAY
Boston Smoked Fish Company
Couet Farm and Fromagerie
Fille de Ferme
River Rock Farm
Sfolia Baking Co.
Signal Rock Farm
CASH OR CHECK/no credit cards
Boston Sword and Tuna
Flats Mentor Farm
On the Edge Knife Sharpening
CASH AND CREDIT CARDS/no checks