I went to the Boston farmer’s market for the first time on Saturday, and oh man have I been missing out. I never knew that you could buy such cheap produce. It’s by the Haymarket T stop, right across the street from the North End. If you’re in Boston and have never been, you should check it out!
I had no idea what I wanted to buy when I got there, other than some tomatoes to make caprese salad. The tables and tables of cheap vegetables were a bit overwhelming at first, and I possibly bought more vegetables than I could ever eat, but it was a really fun experience.
My first purchase was tomatoes…3 pounds for $1.50. When the man weighed my small bag of tomatoes and told me it would be $1.50, I was blown away. I couldn’t believe I would be getting change from the two wimpy dollar bills that I handed him!
My roommate and I meandered around, trying to collect vegetables that could be turned into some sort of meal. Part of the fun was that I saw lots of vegetables that I have never heard of and couldn’t identify.
Do you know what these large yellow pumpkin-looking things are? I sure don’t.
After the farmer’s market, we stopped in a couple of small Italian grocery stores and delis across the street to buy fresh mozzarella. The first store that we went into did not have any, but had tons of fresh homemade pasta of all shapes and sizes. Will definitely have to go back there! The second store (pictured below) had just what we needed, and also had some fairly cheap marinated chicken breasts. Perfect to go with all of these vegetables!
Here are my farmer’s market purchases. In total, I spent less than $10 on all of this.
As best I can remember, I spent $3 on the 5-pound bag of spinach (not sure how I’m going to eat all of that, but that’s cheaper than a 1-pound bag from Shaw’s), 40 cents on the small bunch of bananas, $1.50 on the tomatoes, $1 on the avocados, $1 on the onions, $2 on the green peppers, and $1 on the red peppers. I also got a free jalapeno pepper. They were selling for $1.50 a pound and when I told the man that I just wanted one jalapeno, he tossed one to me and told me to just take it. What a deal!
Can’t wait to go back after I somehow eat all of this!