With a prime location equidistant between Faneuil Hall and the North End, Haymarket Square completely transforms from a convenient through-path into a packed and lively open-air produce and fish market come the first sign of spring in Boston. I first became acquainted with Haymarket during a summer spent living and working in the North End, after a coworker sang praises about how they had the lowest priced fruit and veggies in the city. And I was not disappointed.
As someone trying to find the balance between supporting local businesses, while still being the traditional broke college student, Haymarket is incomparable when it comes to produce costs – often less than half what they’d cost you at a supermarket. For example, a package of strawberries rings up a mere $0.99, compared to what would probably be upwards of $5 at the Whole Foods up the block. Yay wholesale!
In addition to the affordability factor, Haymarket also draws in locals and tourists alike for its rich cultural history. Surrounded by some of the oldest bars and pubs in Boston, sellers of fresh produce have clustered in Haymarket since around 1830, although vendors started congregating there at least 100 years earlier.
Insider Tip: While I’ve never had a problem with a purchase, Haymarket is not like the other more upscale and bourgeois Boston farmers’ markets – and it’s not trying to be – which is what keeps prices down. With that in mind, it never hurts to double check your produce before making a purchase.