This past weekend, it was finally warm enough to venture outside for a change and explore the city. We were at the grocery store picking up food for dinner when I remembered that the farmers market was open that day. The one I like to frequent is located right off the Haymarket T stop down by government center. Since it was a gorgeous day, we decided to bike down and check it out.
The best thing about the farmers market is their prices. You can come with $5 and leave with a whole cart full of produce if you play your cards right. However, there’s always a catch. Their prices are dirt cheap for a reason. Most of the stuff is only good for 1-2 days before it goes bad so it’s best to eat it the day of. But if you know you’re making a big dinner for a group, this is the perfect way to cut costs.
Their inventory depends on whatever they happen to have that day and most of the vendors have more or less the same stuff. But if you look around before buying, you can usually find the cheapest prices for what you’re looking to get. I usually make a mental list of everything I need and then do a walk through of the market before buying anything. Then I double back and buy what I need for the best price. Smart.
I mean what in the world are you supposed to do with 50 pounds of onions? But 10 pounds for $1 isn’t the worst deal in the world. That’s like a 1000% savings from the grocery store.
They also sell “fresh” fish but I’m not so sure if I would recommend trying any. It could be perfectly fine but most of their fish isn’t kept on ice and they look like they have been sitting out in the sun all day.
For example, why is that fish brown? That can’t be good for anyone.
If you are looking for something productive to do on the weekends, I would definitely recommend coming downtown to the farmers market. The vendors aren’t the most friendly people in the world, but the prices are worth the verbal abuse from time to time.
And with that, thanks for reading!