Enjoy shopping for indie-made crafts and antiques? Need a fresh loaf of bread or stalk of celery? Get all of it done at once at the SoWa Open Market, happening every Sunday from May 1st to October 30th (10am to 4pm). Now in its 8th year, the market features music, art, food, and fun times to last all through summer. SoWa – a nickname for the area south of Washington Street in Boston – is also home to the SoWa Artists Guild, a nonprofit haven for dozens of studio artists in the district. On Sundays you’ll see local photographers, sculptors, designers, and bakers showing off and sharing their best talents.
Aside from climate change, the link between pesticides and cancer, gas prices and the looming depletion of oil reserves, there are hundreds of reasons to BUY LOCAL! And aside from supporting a still-tumultuous economy, instilling a sense of community with one’s neighborhood, and recreating the reputation the U.S. once held as a land of opportunity, there are hundreds of other reasons to support small businesses and small business owners by BUYING LOCAL! Farmers Markets are a great way to accomplish all of this – while getting something unique and personal for yourself in the process.
At the SoWa Farmers Market you’ll find produce, smiling faces, and refreshing lemonade to sip while you peruse the stalls. The Vintage & Antiques Market offers furnishings, clothing, jewelry, art, and other one-of-a-kind niknaks to make your friends jealous when they come over for dinner. Finally, the Open Air Market (the event that started the Sunday festivities) is a treasure trove of hipster schwag and crazy gift ideas. Scope out some pictures first or stay in the loop with the market’s blog. Check directions if unsure how to get there – and bring a backpack, because you might end up with a lot of goodies to carry home!