13 September 2009

SOWA street market, South End, Boston

Sunflowers for sale at SoWa market

"Skirt" of handbags for sale, SoWa Market

On a warm, sunny afternoon in late September, DH and I took ourselves to an outdoor bazaar in the South End. This is actually three markets, in locations along Harrison Ave. The largest outdoor section is at 540 Harrison Ave., and includes about forty juried vendors selling everything from macaroons to jewelry to dog apparel.

Lucky dog selecting new collar

Need a Peace on Earth serigraph?

Stuffed animal toys, for the modern child or child-at-heart

Spreadable fruit display, Deborah's kitchen

This army marches on its stomach, so we purchased some nice chocolate macaroons from Klara's Gourmet Cookies, www.klarasgourmetcookies.com, and jars of Wild Blues and Mango Sunshine jams from Deborah's Kitchen, www. deborahskitchen.com. I've had Deborah's products before, which I like as they are made with sugar, not high fructose corn syrup.

Check out the antiques market just to enjoy the soaring spaces of these old brick buildings

In the brick buildings behind these vendors there is an antique market; one of the more interesting vendors sells restored vintage radios.

A reminder of the days when radios where like pieces of furniture

Eye-catching shopper, amid flea market finds

A short walk brought us to 500 Harrison, with a small farmer's market and a few non-profits selling artisan-made items - including these beautiful necklaces of beads made by women in Uganda.

Beads made by Ugandan women, from recycled paper

Pumpkins and Hubbard squash, at produce section of market

To find out more about the market, including hours and days of operation, check out http://www.southendopenmarket.com.

: the parking directions on the website, as of our visit, 9/21/09, are not correct. There is no public parking at 500 Harrison Ave. for market go-ers. A blue-jacketed parking attendant told us that there used to be public parking at this surface lot but not any more. The public garages can be accessed from Albany St., one block south of, and parallel to, Harrison Ave.

Bright banner marks the territory