Boston’s Best Places To Pick Summer Fruit

July 18, 2014 8:00 AM

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Photo credit: Johnny D's Fruit and Produce (Facebook)

Photo credit: Johnny D’s Fruit and Produce (Facebook)

There are plenty of places to pick fresh, seasonal summer fruit here in Boston, with numerous farmers’ markets and stands from the Back Bay to the North End. Many of them double as great lunch/brunch spots, as well, bringing that farm-to-table charm to hungry folks right here in Boston. Here are just five of the best places to pick summer fruit here in Boston.

Snap Top Market
303 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 250-2825
www.snaptopmarket.com

Photo credit: Snap Top Market (Facebook)

Photo credit: Snap Top Market (Facebook)


Snap Top Market is a notable Back Bay market and eatery located on Columbus Avenue, serving as a great alternative for customers looking to ease into alternative grocery options to the bigger market chains. Snap Top Market offers up fresh summer fruit, veggies and other produce alongside its vegan, veggie and raw food-friendly lunch service, and even has a small market section filled with cheese and oil selections, making this a recommended stop for those in the area.

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Copley Square Farmers Market
Copley Square
Boylston St. & Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
www.massfarmersmarkets.org

Photo credit: Copley Square Farmers Market (Facebook)

Photo credit: Copley Square Farmers Market (Facebook)


Farmers’ markets have grown exponentially popular in recent years, thanks to a growing realization towards supporting local, sustainable produce and veggies. The Copley Square Farmers Market is just one of the popular farmers’ markets that have sprung up in Boston over time, and consistently draws customers looking to pick the freshest summer fruit and veggies. Some loyal clientele have even decided to get their week’s groceries at farmers’ markets, making Copley Square a popular summer spot.

The Vegetable Guy
18 Parmenter St.
Boston, MA 02113

Alba, The Vegetable Guy is a must stop for anyone looking for fresh fruits and veggies, with an Italian twist, in the city’s North End. Alba’s humble but worthy shop under a green awning is located on Paramenter Street and offers up supremely friendly service with the sort of local touch one only finds in small, close-knit neighborhoods. This cash-only joint sends vibes back to the old school, that local produce stand featuring knowledgeable staff and a personal touch. It’s a must stop for anyone living in the North End.

Johnny D’s Fruit and Produce
381 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 254-0500
www.facebook.com/Johnny-Ds-Fruit-and-Produce

Photo credit: Johnny D's Fruit and Produce (Facebook)

Photo credit: Johnny D’s Fruit and Produce (Facebook)

This quaint, old school cash-only shop is located on Washington Street and serves up consistently fresh summer fruit and veggies to the community, together with the warm smiles and friendly service for which it is known. Johnny D’s Fruit and Produce is exactly that: a neighborhood grocery stand that services its customers with low prices and fresh, seasonal quality. It’s a worthy alternative to the grocery store chains.

Haymarket Pushcart Association
Blackstone St.
Boston, MA 02113
www.facebook.com/Haymarket-Boston

Photo credit: Haymarket-Boston (Facebook)

Photo credit: Haymarket-Boston (Facebook)

Haymarket Pushcart Association is another recommended produce market that services the North End community with quality, freshness and value. Early risers are virtually guaranteed to get their money’s worth at this fully loaded and stocked produce stand, which sells its fruits and veggies at a steal, ensuring that those who come to Haymarket for their weekly grocery shopping will surely leave with plenty of delicious, seasonal bang for their buck. This is a must visit for fruit and veggie ‘heads in the North End.

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George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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