Celebrate the Creativity of Others

24 Oct

The summer is the time for farmers markets. It is the time for fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as homemade bread, pastries and crafts. Well, the summer is over. But not all the markets are.

The SoWa Open Market is one such market. The SoWa Market is open on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, and the last weekend is next weekend, on Halloween. (Have you decided what you are going to be for Halloween yet, or just what you are going to do?)

SoWa is named such because it used to be on South Washington Street (So…Wa…get it?). However, in recent years it has moved to 460-500 Harrison Ave. The area is fabulous and absolutely perfect for the market. Located in the heart of the South End, the artsy neighborhood of Boston, the booths reflect the area’s creativeness. The market is located in a couple of lots surrounded by old, warehouse-looking buildings (sounds lovely, doesn’t it?). There is one building that looks just like the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy (it impresses me every time I see it). The buildings adjacent to the market house art galleries and vintage stalls.

The market is often filled with people walking their dogs, their kids or just strolling the area. There are food stands, fresh vegetables, homemade breads and handmade crafts (includings scarves, bracelets, vases, glasses, windchimes, etc.). What is your favorite part of a market? Do you prefer farmers markets or craft fairs?

So, you want to spend Halloween at the SoWa Market? I will be honest, it is not the easiest thing in the world to get to. It is in the South End between Copley/Back Bay and Arlington. I live on the Green Line, so I usually take the train to Copley and walk from there. I absolutely adore the South End (a future post will come about that) so I love walking the different streets to the market. It does take about 15 minutes to walk at least from Copley and the same from Arlington. The silver line does run one block down on Washington Street, but it is not the most convenient train/bus to get to (it runs through downtown). I suggest getting off at Copley and walking there (basically just walk South and a little West, down whatever streets look adorable). Or go on Google or the MBTA Web sites to get exact directions.

Markets are important to me because they remind me of my parents; we always attend them during the summer in Connecticut visiting different towns and types of markets/fairs. Does anything similar have a special place in your heart?

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  1. SoWa Open Market is Where It’s At « Relax, Laugh, Explore - June 24, 2011

    […] the SoWa Open Market in the South End is open for the season (has been for about a month, my bad). I have written about it before, but wanted to make sure y’all remembered it so I am slamming it into your head […]

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