Market to Pantry #21: SoWa Open Market, Boston, Massachusetts
From Carol (Cabinet Stew), in Lynn, Massachusetts:
I finally got around to visiting the SoWa Open Market in Boston. This is the "South of Washington" farmers market.
I was pleasantly surprised by the vast offerings. The expected vegetable, fruit and flowers booths were there. (Many organic!) But there were also plenty of specialty food vendors (all local) and lots of craft vendors, too.
There is a whole fleet of food trucks present offering everything from the world's most expensive ($8!!!) big and messy all beef hot dog to Korean BBQ to vegan organic sandwiches.
I also had the best pickles ever at the Grillo's Pickles cart. Anybody who knows me knows that I am a pickle connoisseur!
The surrounding artist lofts are open and happy to show/sell work to the public. And there are quite a few design and furniture stores in the surrounding buildings as well. One of them even operates a cafe in their showroom. Another surprise was the giant indoor flea market. If you are an antiques collector, plan on spending time just checking out all the offerings.
I am going to make a point of returning to this market soon! And making sure I am hungry on arrival!
If you go here are a couple of tips...
- Parking on the street is nearly impossible as most of it is "resident sticker" only and could result in a $50 fine! So pay $5 to park at one of two lots operated nearby or BETTER yet use public transportation and commit to some walking.
- It operates rain or shine and can get very crowded, so get there when it opens at 10am to avoid most of the madness.
- Bring your dog - they were everywhere making new friends!