One of the best things about living in Natick is its year-round Farmers' Market. It is located on the Natick Common in spring and summer and moves indoor to the Common Street Spirituality Center in fall and winter.
The market features several local farms, various food vendors, and many talented artisans. I wrote about many of them in my posts below, but there are definitely a lot more I didn't capture. To meet them all, simply stop by on any Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm!
Local artisans come to Natick Farmer's Market to showcase their handmade items (pottery, photography, skin products, clothing, jewelry, and more). Here you are guaranteed to never run out of ideas for locally sourced, handmade, one of a kind gifts.
Little Beehive Farm
Natural honey and beeswax products
Unique stained glass made with shells, beach glass, copper, beads, and wire
Meaningful Handcrafter Silver
Eric's Sharper Edge
Knife sharpening services to home chefs and the professional users. Eric also sharpens scissors, lawn mower blades, and other tools
Looking for fresh produce, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese and dairy, or even flowers? The local farms will satisfy every need. Here are just some of the farms you will find at the Natick Farmer's Market:
Natick Community Organic Farm (Natick)
A nonprofit, certified-organic farm committed to ecologically healthy and sustainable to farming methods.
Foppemas Farm (Northbridge)
A fruit and vegetable farm, family owned and operated.
Tangerini Farms (Millis)
A wide variety of vegetables and fruits grown using organic methods.
Lightning Ridge Farm (Sherborn)
Quality Corriedale sheep. Farm fresh lamb.
Chestnut Farms (Gilbertville)
A family owned and operated livestock farm.
Natick Farmers' Market has a great selection of food items, making it one stop shopping. Below are just some food vendors you will find here.
Valicenti Pasta Farm
Beautiful fresh pasta, unique ravioli varieties, and small batch sauces.
Everything Jalapeno and Not
Jams, pickles and relish are made from scratch.
SA's Homestyle Sauce
Delicious home-style sweet & spicy sauces.
Zen Bear Foods
Delicious barbeque sauces, condiments and honey.
BirchTree Bread Company
Artisanal breads distinguished by quality of ingredients and methods of preparation.
The freshest and most delicious bagels you've ever tasted.
Baking with Joy
All natural tea-breads, muffins, cakes & cupcakes, cookies made from scratch. Nearly a dozen flavors of tea-breads.
We Grow Microgreens
Urban-grown highly nutritious microgreens: vitamin-packed, tender, edible seedlings of vegetables and herbs for salads or entrees.
Specialty mushroom farm focused on growing unique mushroom varieties sustainably, bringing them to Chefs, and market
Doris's Peruvian Pastries
A vast range of exquisite Peruvian pastries using only the native ingredients of Peru.
Flores de Cafe
Traditionally grown and harvested coffee.
Dulce de Leche
Desserts, Argentinian style gelato, chocolates, pastry and espresso.
Organic overnight oat blends in single serve packets.
A residential bakery specializing in Vegan, Paleo, Whole30 and naturally gluten free goodies using nuts and seed.
Canadian expats, rejoice! Roots just opened its doors in Natick Mall. Not simply a store, this "enhanced experience" store features a cabin-like interior, an on-site leather monogramming shop and jacket customization station, and a relaxation area with great artwork and phone chargers. What is also unique about Roots in Natick is the kids' apparel section, the only one in the US.
You don't have to be Canadian to appreciate the high quality and craftsmanship of the signature apparel, footwear, and leather goods that makes Roots legendary. Though items carry a hefty price-tag (e.g., their signature leather weekend bag, Banff, is $468 in small, before any presonalization), the idea is that the high quality of the materials will make them last forever. The leather is also claimed to age beautifully and acquire a unique look the more it's worn, due to the exclusive finishing technique used by Roots.
Roots was established in 1973 by two friends from Detroit. After spending a summer camping in Ontario's Algonquin Park, they fell in love with the Canadian outdoors and eventually moved to Toronto. Searching of "the better shoe", the duo developed the now iconic negative heel shoe, which hit major success.
Since its founding, leather goods have been Root's signature items. Exclusive to Roots, the Tribe leather comes from Italy and is hand-buffed at their Toronto-based factory to give it a vintage look: each handcrafted leather bag "still passes through the hands of no less than 40 expert artisans before it reaches yours".
Roots is also famous for their Salt&Pepper sweats and cabin socks. The brand's motto is that clothes should feel as good as they look.
It may have found a solution to my eternal struggle of finding gifts for people who already have everything: monographed travel bags and personalized Award jackets!
In this traditional hand-debossing technique, the letters are heated and stamped deeply into the leather, resulting in a distinct monogram that ages beautifully.
These photos where taken at the shopping preview event at Roots Natick.
The store opens on June 28, 2018 (ribbon cutting at 11 am). The address for Natick Mall is 1245 Worcester St, Natick.
Have you been to Roots in Natick? Let me know what you think!