Each Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air market adjacent to Government Center, the North End, and Faneuil Hall, offers a unique shopping experience.
Sellers of fresh produce have clustered in Haymarket since around 1830, although vendors started congregating here at least 100 years earlier. Haymarket vendors sell huge varieties of fruits and vegetables at great prices from open wooden stands and pushcarts. Specialty grocers selling cheese, fish, Halal meats, pizza, spices and other delicacies from small shops can be found in an adjacent building on Blackstone Street.
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the market as it opens for the day. Learn about its history, how it has changed over time, and hear from the president of the Haymarket Pushcart Association. Visit vendors and sample fruits and vegetables, cheese and even pizza.
The tour is offered on Friday, July 11, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Admission is $35 for non-members and $25 for Historic New England members. Registration is recommended; call 617-994-5920 to reserve or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.