A guide to Boston’s best outdoor markets just in time for summer

Few cities can compete with Boston when it comes to the rich heritage that “The Hub” boasts and how its existence is tied to the life and progress of the United States. From the moment the Mayflower docked in historic Plymouth Harbor and the first subsequent settlements of freedom-seeking immigrants, Boston has marked many firsts, blazing a trail on intellectual, political, and social fronts. But it’s not just these, in 2018, US news and world report, named Boston as the best summer vacation destination in the United States.


Even today, Boston is one of the top summer vacation destinations in the United States. And since summer is when outdoor markets come alive, due to the shopping interests of travelers, we reveal some of Boston’s best outdoor markets and the little-known shopping tips that would make a visit to the more rewarding markets.

Best Outdoor Markets in Boston

There’s so much to do in Boston, even with just 48 hours on your hands. One of them is to visit an outdoor farmers market. And for those wondering, there are 16 outdoor farmers markets around Boston. Of course, which outdoor market someone wants to go to will depend on what he or she wants to buy at the market. And that’s the approach we want to take. Therefore, for those who want to enjoy farm-fresh produce, our top pick would have to be Copley Square Farmers’ Market. Conveniently located in the Back Bay neighborhood and rated Best Farmer’s Market by Yelp, Boston’s busiest and largest farmer’s market – offers just about every food item a visitor to Boston could possibly need – especially for those who love fresh, healthy, and organic products.

  • What are the Copley Square Farmers Market hours? The Copley Square Farmers Market operates from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday.

Of course, there are other quality fresh produce farmers markets that can be great alternatives to Copeley. The Roslindale Farmer’s Market, located on Adams Park and Birch St Plaza, can be a great option. For artwork, Salem Flea Market is our top pick. This Saturday-only market is the place to find beautiful paintings, drawings, antiques and souvenirs. Salem Flea is located in Derby Square and operates on the third Saturday of each month from May to September. An exciting alternative for art lovers will have to be the Greenway Craftsmen’s Market located on the scenic Rose Kennedy Greenway. This open-air craft market takes place every Saturday – and from June – every first and third Sunday from May to October.

For household items, we will go with SoWa Open Market. So, for those planning to spruce up the look of a living room, this is where you’ll find beautiful hand-blown glass planters in all shapes and styles, as well as block-printed textiles among many other home improvements. This market, located at 530 Harrison Avenue, operates every Sunday from May to October. For vintage: stuff like furniture and clothing, the Somerville Flea in Davis Square would be the perfect place to step back in time to the good old days.

Of course, most of them will be standard tips. Indeed, almost all farmers’ markets in the country operate the same way. Farmers (or businesses) — bring their products or produce to market during specific times and days. As a buyer, it is good to always compare the products offered. For example, if you are buying carrots, do not end the search at the first stall. There is always a chance that next door there are bigger, crunchier and more colorful carrots. Checking a farmer’s market website ahead of time can reveal crucial information you need to know. For example, we will know the farmers or companies that will participate in the market and the type of products that will be offered. Then, of course, it is important to know the days of the week when the market operates and the opening hours. Going to a market only to find it’s not open that day can be embarrassing. You can feel quite lost.

Upon arrival at the open-air market, it is important to engage the vendors. If it’s farm produce, ask when the produce was harvested, the variety of farm produce, and what’s special about it. Also ask for advice on how to eat or cook that particular agricultural product. It is also crucial that one has money in the form of cold hard cash. Some merchants do not accept credit cards. Don’t even think about crypto. Knowing the weather and what crops are in season is also helpful. It is important to dress in such a way that you blend in with the crowd. For those who drive, information about parking space availability and parking fees is crucial.

That’s it. Boston is like the birthplace of America. Visiting the open-air markets there is a great way to interact with real Bostonians and what they make, sell, or grow.

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