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South End Open Market - Farmers Market
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Owner description: South End Open Market is moving to the Ink Block area in the Spring of 2016! We are excited about South End Open Market's new location in the South End and believe that the Ink Block neighborhood will provide a bigger and more enjoyable space for vendors and visitors. So many great things are happening in the neighborhood and we are thrilled that the South End Open Market will be in the center of it all every weekend! The South End Open Market atInk Block will set up on Sundays, May through October in Boston's South End. The South End Food Trucks will feature 15 to 20 of Boston's best food trucks serving up a variety of mobile cuisines, ranging from grilled cheese sandwiches to brick oven pizza to organic, healthy eats. The South End Farmers Market features a mouth watering assortment of locally grown produce, flowers, plants, and gourmet specialty foods. The South End Arts Market is a mecca for all things handmade. Only the best of the region's makers and designers are accepted to the market, resulting in a carefully curated selection of well crafted, innovative, fun and funky art and craft. Meet the folks behind the work. Chat with a farmer. Munch on a gourmet sandwich. Shop handmade and support local businesses! Art, clothing, accessories, ceramics, jewelry, housewares, gourmet foods, fresh produce and flowers, mobile eats - you'll find it all in one central location at the South End Open Market at Ink Block!
Reviewed July 7, 2014

I have always wanted to try the SOWA Market but it is only open on weekends. I went on a very hot Sunday with my niece. The weather was tough but the market was fun. The food and flower stalls were bountiful and not expensive. the artists lofts were open for all and the vintage and jewelry shops were ready for business. I was brought back to my youth when I visited the vintage shops as many of the goods and merchandise was as I remembered from being a young girl. I bought a set of drinking glasses that they used to give away at the supermarkets in the 1950's! It brought back such nice memories.
There are many food trucks available for purchase and they are many of the big name trucks in the city.

Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

SOWA is an awesome experience that you can make an hour or all day. There are really 4 sections: the antique market, the farmers market, the outdoor crafts market and the food truck lot. There's also a building of artist studios that are open to visiting. All are worth visiting as they offer their individual experiences, and the farmers market brings local vendors that also appear in other towns' farmers markets. It can get very crowded, with food truck lines being long and too many people inside the vintage market building, but if you're patient it's worth it. If you don't live right in the South End, you're going to want to stay a while to make it worth it anyway .... parking is very difficult on Sowa Sundays. Definitely recommended- and a fun place to find unique gifts!

1  Thank Marlsak
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

There are three sections: the farmers market, the craft/artists market, and the food trucks. There are also artists' studios, shops, and galleries in this area, many (but not all) are open on Sundays. There are signs directing you to the bathrooms, a few shady places to sit, and plenty of room for browsing, so you're not elbow-to-elbow the whole time. I bought a great soup mug (that I'll use for hot chocolate this winter!) from Abby Berkson Ceramics (see her website) for $44. This is definitely expensive, but for a handmade, hand painted, beautifully glazed piece, I thought it was worth every penny. The little kitties......ohmygoodness. I also got some lampworked beads at Bead and Fiber, a small bead store. They have some locally made beads and vintage beads - not a huge variety, but lovely. Otherwise, they have a small selection of ordinary bead store beads - not many seed beads at all. It's a nice little store for occasional beaders, probably convenient for those living nearby. Serious beaders will find a few nice things here, but not the selection. We got great custom hot dogs at one of the food trucks - so delicious if you like them. There were vegan and vegetarian trucks, some great smelling pasta dishes, crepes, lots of choices. The food truck area has shared tables in the area, easily moved to a shady spot.

Thank travveller95
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Wow, what a great, fun day on Sunday we had. We arrived at the SOWA Farmer's Market and embarked on the crafts, jewelry and art! It was very pricey, but such great things to look at. Bathrooms are readily available on each floor of the adjoining building. While inside, you can browse artist showcases - many were open and working on their art! Since we were vacationing, we didn't get much out of the veggie section. But, the food trucks were super! There had to be at least 50 food trucks. My daughter and I had the best time here. It was HOT outside, and the tents while shopping were hot - but go inside and visit the artists to have a brief break from the heat. We bought fabric headbands, charcoal soap, and handmade candles. Success! Really wanted to beautiful jewelry, but it was just toooooo expensive.

1  Thank TouristTrap9597
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

SOWA is a lot more than a farmers market. It's really 5 markets in one.

The farmers market section offers about 20-25 vendors selling produce, bakery items, cheeses, sauces, honey and more under pop-up canopies. Everything is fresh and there are plenty of items that you can sample before buying.

The outdoor retail market has artists, clothing, giftware, and many specialty items to select from. I found some of the items to be a bit pricy, but you have to decide for you self. There are about 30-40 vendors.

There is an indoor antiques and collectibles market that offers all types of collectibles and period clothing. The market occupies 4 connected buildings and is broken up into quite a few merchant stalls. It is a fun place to shop.

SOWA is also an area with many artist studios and lofts that are opened to the public on Sunday market days. There is a wide variety of art available from the studios for sale; paintings, graphic and sculpture and more; check them out.

Finally, there is a food truck court that has over a dozen trucks offering a great selection of meals, including: grilled chees, pizza, tacos, lobster rolls, thai and much more.

A fun place to visit and wander while shopping and enjoying a Sunday away from home.

2  Thank 112bal
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