Thursday, July 21, 2011

to market, to market

Its difficult to come up with something food-related to write about when you haven't been cooking. But here goes...

While looking for some fun ideas for upcoming guests, I stumbled across this. Have any of you Bostonians ever been? It's a craft/vintage goods/farmer's market/food truck extraordinaire! It looks like a lot of fun, even though (and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it) the word "indie" turns me off a little... no offense, hipsters. If you're looking for something unique and handmade, or just looking for a fun way to spend a chunk of time on a Saturday, and/or you wear eyeglasses for asthetic reasons only, then this is probably right up your alley.

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SoWa Open Market
460 Harrison Avenue
Every Saturday 10am - 4pm


I still haven't been to the Charles Hotel Farmer's Market near Harvard Square, but I've heard great things about it. One Friday, Eileen was sending everyone that walked into Cardullo's over to try a snack from one of her favorite vendors, Q's Nuts. I got to taste his Key Lime Ginger Almonds and Cayenne Mango Cashews. Holy crow, were they tasty. He also has Mexican Chocolate, Rosemary Sea Salt, and Banana Foster, as well as classic roasts. The coolest part is you can mix and match flavors and nuts. This is a good market to try if you want to find something new and unusual, or local and seasonal. The website has a lot more information about the vendors, and what to expect each week.

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Charles Square Farmer's Market
1 Bennett Street
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
May 22 to November 20, 2011


Haymarket is one of the oldest and most well-know Farmer's Market in New England. This is one that Sanne and I use most often, because the prices are dirt cheap. In looking at their website, I discovered why: "The vendors typically buy their goods from Boston's wholesale markets in Chelsea across the Charles River on Thursday and Friday nights.  They pay very low prices because the wholesalers need to clear out their warehouses to make way for new shipments arriving during the weekend." Typically, this means that whatever we buy from Haymarket needs to be used in the next day or two, because it won't last longer than that. Besides the low prices and incredible variety, Haymarket is prime people-watching. They're open all day, but try to get there early to beat the crowds and to get the first pick. Click here for more on our Haymarket adventures.

photo credit: FeDish
photo credit: FeDish
Blackstone Street, North Street and Hanover Street. 
Fridays and Saturdays, dawn-dusk
all year (except Christmas and New Year's Day)

I barely skimmed the surface here. Are there any other Farmer's Markets that you love? Any hidden gems that I'm missing?

Keep cool my babies!


1 comment:

  1. Isn't the Haymarket where we went? That was fun and OH, so many veggies, fruits and pretty flowers. FUN FUN. That makes you want to cook!