I was so excited to check out SoWA Open Market on their opening day (May 6th!) earlier this month. I’ve always loved SoWA, but it had been a while since I visited — I almost forgot how awesome it is! Over the past few years, they've expanded — adding even more great vendors and debuting a beautiful new Beer Barn this season.
For those reading who might not be familiar with SoWa or haven’t visited before, it’s an awesome market in the South End open every Sunday starting in May and running until October. From 10am to 4pm, a bunch of local artists and makers, farms and other food vendors, and an array of food trucks set up shop in a few parking lots in the neighborhood. If you love food, art, and supporting local business, it's pretty much the best place to be on a Sunday in or around Boston.
When I visited with a few friends on opening weekend, we started on the maker side of the market checking out some jewelry, clothing, and art stands. One of my favorite makers was Laurel Greenfield who paints incredibly beautiful pieces, inspired by dining! She has beautiful pieces depicting donuts, ice cream, fruits, vegetables, and more. For a foodie, this is my type of art! And her work reminded me of one of my favorite artists, Wayne Thiebaud, who also focuses on depicting food. I have a print of his piece, Cakes (1963) in my living room.
After checking out some more of the local artisans, my friends and I headed to the Beer Barn, which is so impressive. Their space is huge, and they have a beautiful set up with lots of pretty string lights. In addition to beer and cider, there’s also a pretty sweet popsicle stand by Wild Pops. I was in love with their Strawberry Mint pop!
Then, to the food trucks! There were so many options to choose from, and I decided to go with a lobster roll and some ceviche from Shuck Food Truck.
I was so tempted to get bites from so many of the other trucks too. The opening day line up included:
- Baby's Bonetown BBQ
- Bon Me
- The Dining Car
- Daddy's Bonetown Burgers
- Gogi on the Block
- North East of the Border
- Papi's Stuffed Sopapillas
- Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.
After hanging out and saying hi to all the dogs (there are SO MANY dogs at SoWA!), we headed back to the maker side of the tent and ended up grabbing some ice cream cookie sandwiches from the Cookie Monstah Truck. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Check out SoWA on Sundays from May-October from 10am to 4pm at 460 Harrison Ave in Boston.
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