The locavore scene has taken off in Boston in the last few years, and nowhere is this more evident than in the explosion of farmer’s markets in the area. There’s a full listing here, but one of the best, and most convenient (right on the Red Line) for the urbanite or visitor, takes place in front of the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square on Fridays and Sundays from June to November.
Though it may not be as large as other farmer’s markets around, for my money it packs quite a punch: fresh-picked vegetables and herbs from the standard (heirloom tomatoes, basil) to the I-was-not-aware-that-was-a-vegetable (amaranth); baked goods from cult favorite Cambridge bakery Hi-Rise; cheese; eggs; fresh fish and shellfish; ice cream and coffee-they’re all here, at reasonable prices. Vegetables are mostly organic or grown with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and are marked accordingly.
The prices are competitive to a local grocery store and though you may come with a shopping list, if you’re anything like me you’ll leave with a bunch of unplanned purchases, too-and won’t regret the green-skinned tomatoes or blue potatoes one bit.