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Boston Haymarket

Location:Congress Street at New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:$
Category:Historic Landmarks
Other Ideas: Fenway Park Tours; Bunker Hill Monument; Quincy Market; Old South Meeting House; The Hatch Shell


Boston HaymarketHaymarket is Boston's great outdoor market, where you can buy everything from fruits and vegetable to sugar cane to fish just off the boat. It is everything your average supermarket isn't: cheap and loud and in your face. And don't even think of looking over any of those 12 limes you're about to spend a buck on.

Squashed between a modern hotel and what is left of the Central Artery, Haymarket seems precariously perched on the edge of extinction. Even in a small city like Boston, Haymarket is tiny. And, indeed, some worry what will happen when the Big Dig - that giant project to put the Central Artery underground - finally takes away the land on which the two-day (Friday and Saturday) market now sits.

Haymarket is also loud. The vendors shout their wares. They yell at each other - sometimes to get more produce to the stand, quick, sometimes just to recount the latest joke. Maybe they have to be loud, to make themselves heard over each other and the traffic that roars above and nearby.

You just don't see prices like this in the supermarket. And just as you're congratulating yourself on getting eight ears of corn for a dollar, you walk a few feet and see, if only you'd waited, you could have gotten ten. But no matter, it's still a bargain, even after you get home and you see that one of those 50-cent cantaloupes is all black from mold on one side, the side you didn't see as the guy put it in a bag. You're still up one, and even $1 is a good price for a large melon most places.

Directions:
Haymarket is right around the corner from Quincy Market. On the subway, get off at the Haymarket stop on the Green and Orange lines or the Government Center stop on the Blue and Green lines.

Source:Boston Online

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Congress Street at New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA map

Haymarket is right around the corner from Quincy Market. On the subway, get off at the Haymarket stop on the Green and Orange lines or the Government Center stop on the Blue and Green lines.

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