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Every Saturday and Sunday, countless people set up shop in the heart of Boston. You can go through the selection of these brick-and-mortar shops and vendors to find the best deals on produce, flowers, meats and cheeses. Haymarket is Boston’s oldest historical open-air market, dating back to over 300 years.
They open on the weekends at the break of dawn (their hours of operation says 3 am!) and are usually there until 6 or 7 pm. Walk around for the lively atmosphere and enjoy the bustle of vendors from all different countries and backgrounds.
One thing to be careful of when bringing home groceries from Haymarket is the quality of the produce. A smart move is to walk around the whole market and scan for the best priced, and freshest fruits and vegetables before committing to a certain place. Many times, vendors will even let you try a bite before taking some home!
Also, plan on using your produce earlier in the week when you buy it. Since they’re not stored in air conditioned areas like Whole Foods or Star Market, produce from Haymarket tends to go bad a little bit quicker than most.
If you’re already in the area, Harry’s Cheese and Meats has the best price you’ll ever find on an assortment of deli meats and cheeses. Their exact inventory changes day-to-day, so call if you’re looking for something specific. One thing you can always count on is their fresh baked bread…just make sure you get there early enough!
How do you get there? Haymarket is located on Blackstone Street, in between Hanover Street and North Street, on the edge of the Freedom Trail. You can get there by T – just take the Orange or Green line to Haymarket station.