Get ready for the 2014 farmers’ market!

roughIt’s time once again to announce the return of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market. Opening day is just 10 days away! On Friday, June 20 from 3-7pm we’ll kick off our best market season yet. Please join us for a great celebration with live music, children’s activities, and more! We’ll be having the official ribbon cutting at 4pm on the Ashmont MBTA plaza.


We have some great stuff in store for you this season. We’re welcoming back most of our vendors from last year, and we’re introducing two new vendors: Oakdale Farms and swissbäkers. We also have a new market manager, Shaquille Jones, who you may know from his amazing work in the Dorchester community. We’re so excited to have Shaq on board!


Other important things to note: We’re still accepting SNAP/EBT, and Boston Bounty Bucks will match up to $10 of produce purchases when you use your SNAP/EBT card. And this year, we’re accepting credit cards too.


You can stay up-to-date on the latest farmers’ market news via Facebook (search for Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market) and on Twitter @AshmontFarmMkt. Like and follow the market so you don’t miss announcements of new vendors, entertainment, and more. See you on June 20 for opening day!

UPDATE: Dorchester Bike Festival moved to Rain Date

Due to the weather forecast tomorrow, the Dorchester Bike Festival has been MOVED to its rain date, Sunday April 27. Please help get the word out! See you Sunday, 9am-12noon.

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Join us at the Dorchester Bike Festival

We hope to see you at the Dorchester Bike Festival on Saturday, April 26 from 9am-12noon! Click on the image below for more details.

Upcoming SMAMS Events

Note: All upcoming events are also listed on our online meetings and events calendar.

NEW DATE: Walk Audit of Peabody Square: Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30pm (this event was originally scheduled for Wed 3/26 and was rescheduled due to unseasonably cold weather)

walk auditHow pedestrian friendly is Peabody Square? Join SMAMS and WalkBoston for an interactive walk audit as we explore the pedestrian environment in the Peabody Square/Ashmont area. With your help, we’ll work on identifying ways to make the Peabody Square area safer and more inviting for pedestrians. RSVP on Facebook or contact the SMAMS office (, 617-825-3846) if you would like to attend. We will meet in the SMAMS office promptly at 5:30pm.

Save the Date! Dorchester Bike Festival: Saturday, April 26, 9am-12noon

Come enjoy some free breakfast and familiarize yourself with the new Ashmont Pedal & Park facility, which enables commuters to park their bikes before catching buses and trains at the Ashmont T Station. We’ll have family-friendly activities, prizes, and a family-friendly group bicycle ride around Dorchester. Stay tuned for more details! Sponsored by SMAMS, Ashmont Cycles, DotBike, Boston Bikes, BikeMilton, Boston Cyclists’ Union, MassBike, the MBTA and the MBTA Transit Police, the Livable Streets Alliance, and Quincycles.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the All Saints Restoration: Saturday, May 3, 11am-12:30pm

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.The Parish of All Saints and SMAMS invite you to Dorchester’s historic Peabody Square for a tour of the comprehensive restoration project underway at All Saints, Ashmont. All Saints parishioner and SMAMS Board member Jeffrey Gonyeau, who is providing fundraising and other preservation support to this major project, will make a presentation and lead a tour of the project’s progress. This tour is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

RSVP to Jeffrey Gonyeau at or to Meaghan Overton at

Oscars on the Avenue is Back! Save the Date: March 2, 2014

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Join SMAMS on the red carpet for a fabulous evening of delicious food, great friends, and LOTS of fun as we celebrate the Academy Awards! Click here to purchase advance tickets or RSVP.

Oscars on the Avenue is back and better than ever!

Sunday, March 2, marks the return of Oscars on the Avenue – SMAMS’ biggest fundraiser of the year. This community celebration of the Academy Awards will feature delicious Tavolo hors d’oeuvres, our own “Joan Rivers” and awards, a fantastic auction, and more!

Tickets are $75 in advance (until 5:00pm Feb. 28) and $90 at the door. All proceeds will support the work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street. Please RSVP in advance if possible, even if you plan to pay at the door.

For more information about tickets or sponsorships, please contact the SMAMS office at or 617-825-3846. We may have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets available, made possible by our event sponsors. 


Boston’s Social Media Accelerator

1488239_603646316351712_1693860354_nAre you interested in learning how to leverage social media to drive awareness, growth and profitability for your business?

If mastering social media is one of your resolutions for 2014, this FREE event is for you! (Register)

The Social Media Accelerator is a one day event for 100 Boston-based businesses being hosted at the beautiful Harvard iLab in Allston on Tuesday, January 7 from 10am-4pm.

The day will be spent learning about how social media can be an effective tool for growth and sustaining business. You will leave with completed profiles for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. You’ll also work with social media experts to create a social media action plan customized for your business.

In addition to hearing from peers and experts on social media for small business, you will have an opportunity to work directly, one-on-one with social media experts from some of the BEST social media companies in the Boston area who are volunteering their time for the event.

Network with peers and hear the inspiring story of how social media has spurred the rapid growth of some local area businesses including: Otto Pizza and SA PA


The event is FREE, but attendance will be limited to 100 businesses.

Cocktails in the Sky 2014

Shake off your post-holiday blues and join us for a fundraiser to benefit St. Mark’s Area Main Street!

Cocktails in the Sky will be a festive evening of fun and catching up with friends at Tim Davis’s home, also known as the Carruth “Skylounge.” The 6th-floor view from Tim’s living room window is spectacular – you don’t want to miss it! We hope you will join us for drinks, light appetizers, and great conversation.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online, by check, or at the door the day of the event. All proceeds will support the work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street.

Click below to register or RSVP:

Cocktails in the Sky

Winter Farmers’ Market Kickoff

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Everyone’s favorite winter farmers’ market is almost here! SMAMS is a proud supporter of the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market, and we hope you will join your neighbors for this year’s market kickoff:

When: Sunday Jan 5, noon-4pm
Where: The Great Hall in Codman Square (6 Norfolk St)
What: Farm fresh produce, fish, and meat! Donuts! Music!

This year’s market kickoff features Compliments Food Truck, children’s activities from Ashmont Nursery School, and music from the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band (performing from 1-2pm).

Remember you can use your SNAP EBT cards at the market and get up to $10 of farm fresh food for free!

The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market continues every Sunday afternoon from 12-4pm, January-March. Many favorite vendors will be returning, such as Silverbrook and Oakdale Farms, and Red’s Best Seafood. New vendors will include Dorchester’s own Sweet Life Bakery. The Winter Market will also feature local meat and cheese, a variety of specialty products, and food trucks.

Visit the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market Facebook page and for ongoing details of special events and guest vendors. The Winter Market is co-sponsored by the Dorchester Community Food Coop and the Codman Square Health Center.

The market also needs volunteers. E-mail Market Director Joy Gary at to learn  how you can help.

Join SMAMS for our upcoming community visioning meeting!

You're invited to participate in an inclusive brainstorming session to help develop the vision for what's next in the SMAMS district.


Farmers’ Market Demo Day: Friday, October 4

Farmers' Market Poster 2013Join the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Carney Hospital, and SMAMS at the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market at 2:30pm, Oct. 4 for an event that will be both delicious and economical!

We’ll demonstrate how food purchased with SNAP and Boston Bounty Bucks at the farmers’ market can be used to prepare affordable, tasty, and healthy meals.


Cedar Grove Gardens will be doing container gardening demonstrations, Red’s Best Seafood will show us how to fillet a whole fish, and Chris Douglass’s team will teach us how to use the bounty of produce from the farmers’ market (and give out some free food samples)!

John Polanowicz, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Stacey Monahan, Commissioner of DTA, and other officials will join residents and local businesses (and you!) at the event.