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No one adores grocery shopping, but even people who grimace entering a supermarket will admit that outdoor markets are a refreshing take on what is considered a chore. Make this time an enjoyable one by visiting any one of these farmers' markets, which offer a variety of vendors and fresh ingredients for home-cooked meals.
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
If you're a frequent visitor of the year-round indoor Boston Public Market, you'll definitely love the summertime outdoor alternative. Swing by on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. from now until November 21 for a glimpse of the freshest ingredients you can get your hands on. Dewey Square Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
SoWa Open Market
SoWa opened for its 14th season on April 29 and will continue to run until October 29. This outdoor farmers market features local farmers, chefs, and bakers selling fresh food, and artists selling handmade crafts such as jewelry and paintings. Open Saturdays and Sundays, SoWa has something for everyone, thanks to the mixture of its arts market, food trucks, farmers market, and beer garden. 530 Harrison Ave.
South Boston Farmers Market
South Boston offers a healthy, active public space for its residents each year through its farmers market, running every Monday from June through October. Like others, it sells produce, homemade treats (like delicious jam), and flowers—but it also hosts outside vendors that provide everything from bike tune-ups to nutritional information. 446 W. Broadway, 617-268-9610
Copley Square Farmers Market
If you walk by Copley Square on your commute to or from work, stop into the farmers market that runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Produce, flowers, freshly made sandwiches, and lemonade are all treats you can count on from this conveniently located outdoor marketplace.139 Saint James Ave., 781-893-8222
East Boston Farmers Market
East Boston’s market started with a mission to promote healthy living, with food being the major factor to embracing a healthy lifestyle. With vendors selling fresh produce, fish, cheese, and bread, healthy food can all be found here on Wednesday afternoons starting July 5. Lewis Mall, 617-568-4783
Seaport Common Farmers Market
If you're a pro when it comes to farmers markets, and have been to all of the above, check out the first ever Seaport Common Farmers Market. Running every Wednesday from June through late October, this new market will feature Massachusetts-based producers such as Mamadou's Artisan Bakery, Red's Best, and Stillmans Farm. 85 Northern Ave.