Arriving in Boston mid-afternoon on a Friday meant one thing. After checking into Loews Hotel and dropping the bags, and it was a hasty walk around the corner to Copley Square to catch the farmers’ market before it packed up. Priorities, you know.
The location is pretty damn special at this seasonal bi-weekly (also on Tuesdays) market. It hugs the west perimeter of the leafy square and is surrounded by some impressive architecture. The stunning Trinity Church on the east-side, in all its Richardsonian Romanesque style, sits in the shadow of the monolithic blue glass John Hancock Tower. On the west-side is the palazzo-like Boston Public Library and the Old South Church, built in the a Venetian Gothic style.
The market itself is a popular place for anyone that works and lives in the area. Not to mention the crowds of out-of-towners that descend upon its twenty-or-so vendors. Vendors selling some beautiful baked goods like cookies, breads, pastries and cakes.
I couldn’t ignore the mayor snail (3.5) from Danish Pastry House. A hollow, buttery and flakey pastry scroll containing cinnamon and thick chocolate ganache. Insanely delicious.
Your usual fruit and vegetable suspects are aplenty and some mighty fine goat cheese delectables from Crystal Brook Farm.
Fresh-cut flowers, preserves, handmade pasta, seafood, Mediterranean food, meats and poultry. Just about anything any food-obsessed person needs.
On the other side of downtown on the Cambridge Street sidewalk, City Hall Plaza Market is a petite cluster of vendors that pops up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from late May through to late November.
Fruits and veg, seafood, meats, cheeses, nuts, dairy products, baked goods, you name it. I can safely vouch for the sea salted bourbon caramel donut. Great stuff.