Its central location in the heart of Back Bay and the breadth of goods—everything from tomatoes to apples, breads to cheeses, and honey to pickles—makes this Back Bay market a go-to. Locals and tourists browse and buy; notable chefs escape their kitchens, looking for fresh ingredients and inspiration. Many offer samples of jams or cakes, making it fun to taste and stock up the pantry with favorites. There are around 30 stands, including fabulous breads from Cambridge bakery Iggy’s (which supplies some of the city’s best restaurants), and Pioneer Valley-based MycoTerra Farms’ fabulous fungi, which includes native New England Lion’s Mane mushrooms in its collection.
Over the last decade or two, the Boston area has become flush with farmers markets, each a colorful display of locally grown fruits and vegetables. (You may encounter tempting small-batch dairy and baked goods as well.) Environmentally and nutritionally sound, market shopping is so good you wish it were year round—and some markets are! If you don’t feel like cooking your farmers market haul but want to keep it fresh and light, check out the best restaurants for vegans in Boston, the best restaurants for vegetarians in Boston, or the best seafood restaurants in Boston.
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