Locally Made

SoWa Beauty Guide

Beauty and Skin Care at the Market:

Looking for a new skincare routine? Want natural products made locally? This week we give our top beauty recommendations from the experts themselves– Birchstone Apothecary and Fresh Pickins! You can find both vendors at the market June 10-October 28!

Don't forget that on June 3rd you can sign up with Mayur Naturals to create your own salt scrub! 

We believe this is the healthiest and most sustainable option out there.

Birchstone Apothecary ends your search for a dream beauty routine!  All the products are made with local and edible ingredients. The non-toxic, all natural products are meant to provide you with the healthiest and most sustainable beauty routine to fit your needs. Above are our top recommendations that you can find at the market! We added a few favorites to prepare you for your summer skin as well as some year-round products that will be your next go-to beauty staple.

 

The OCEAN collection combines nutrient rich ingredients from land and sea to help you create your own magic.
Our FARM collection is a result of these lessons and inspirations. Thank you Mother Nature :)
Our MOUNTAIN products are formulated to protect us from the elements, ground us in the moment and soothe us when things don’t go to plan!
The FOREST collection ventures into the deep unknown to capture the smells, purity and wisdom of this enchanting environment.

 

Fresh Pickins prides themselves on their deep connections with the ocean, forest, mountains, and farming. It’s that same connection that inspired their products. Fresh Pickins plants, cultivates and harvests their own ingredients allowing the creation of  unique products with special energy.

Their passion for adventure and nature have created a collection of products that offers something for every kind of person. With four different collections all inspired by different aspects of nature, there is a product to fit every aspect of your lifestyle.  Take a look at their distinct products in the photos above. 

 

 

 

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Speakeasy Travel Supply Co

It's officially summer which means one thing: VACATION!  And where better to stock up your carry-on and luggage than at the SoWa Open Market?

The lovely couple (and dog Chachy) behind , Speakeasy Travel Supply Co will change the way you travel forever.  And they should know, believe it or not, Beth and Randy were travel-bloggers before creating these fantastic travel accessories.  And it was that "day job" that lead them to create the Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Travel Scarves.  What's a hidden pocket scarf you ask? Well remember the last time you were abroad, you weren't sure whether to leave your passport and extra travel cash in the hotel safe or perhaps stick it somewhere in your purse?  Well with these scarves, the hidden pocket provides you a safe place to tuck your valuables no matter where you are in the world.

Beth says she was on the road when a light bulb went off, "I wished my scarf had a secret pocket in it. I could stash my important items in there and no one would ever know.... the perfect travel item"!

Since then, they've been featured on Buzzfeed, Mashable, Hello Giggles, Conde Nast, CNN Travel, Yahoo Travel, Airfare Watchdog, Eagle Creek, Smarter Travel and so much more.  Being travelers themselves, the trio know exactly what it's like to be on the road, on a boat, or in the jungle and say quality and love goes into each hand-made scarf. The pocket is truly hidden and accessible only by a zipper. Our zippers stay closed until they are opened so you will never have to worry about anything falling out. The pockets are also double stitched or serged for extra strength and are appx 9"x9". They fit a variety of items  from passports, phones, wallets, sunglasses, memory cards, camera filters, chapstick, money, maps, keys and notebooks making them perfect for your days sightseeing, nights out in the city or any time you need to keep your items safe, secure and easily accessible while you still look fantastic. They are also large enough to fit a flask in them - I call this the Prohibition Scarf - a scarf your grandparents would've loved. You might like it for sneaking items into festivals or other events.  

So really the only question left is, where will your Speakeasy Travel Scarf take you?

When they're here: July 24, September 18, October 9, October 23

Find them on Instagram and Facebook

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Mayur Naturals

 When one thinks "SoWa Market", beauty essentials probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.  But for one D-I-Y-er turned business woman, beauty essentials are exactly what she's been providing the lovely city of Boston.

Mayur Naturals was founded on the principles of inner beauty.  In fact, 'Mayur' is the Sanskrit word for peacock, a bird that reminds us all of a hidden beauty just waiting to surface.  And in that spirit, Mayur Naturals strives to provide magnificent beauty products exemplifying one's true colors.

Their products are handmade in small batches, using high quality fresh ingredients without chemicals or added preservatives.  Mayur likes to keep things simple with wonderful scrubs, lotions, oils and skin serums.

So whether you've got dry skin on your toes, a bit of a dandruff issue, or just want to be baby-smooth all over, Mayur Naturals will customize to your needs.

When they're here: Every Sunday

 

 

 

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: We Grow Microgreens

The SoWa Farmers market, located at 500 Harrison Ave, is more than just a market, it's a place where local farmers and specialty food makers come together to feed Boston.  And goodness, we're a hungry city!

We Grow Microgreens LLC has become a staple here at SoWa, for it's sustainable growing practices and local notoriety out of their Roslindale greenhouse.  Lisa Evans and Tim Smith are more than just urban growers, they're cultivating the perfect urban crop. 

We Grow Microgreens is changing the way we eat by providing the South End with delicious and highly nutritious microgreens.  What is a microgreen you ask?  As the fine writers at EdibleBoston.com describe them, "they're ubiquitous and cute", "adorable" and becoming a "favorite embellishment for many chefs" including you at home.  Think tiny sprigs of arugula, pea shoots, basil and other garnishes that simply tie the plate together and you've got microgreens.  According to Smith, microgreens were all the rage in the 1960s and '70s, when people simply threw some seeds in a mason jar, add water and voila!  The seeds would sprout, making the perfect garnish for sandwiches, salads and texture to meals.  That trend is back and better than ever.

Not only are they "adorable" but these delicious morsels are insanely high in nutrients.  Just check out the vast list of health benefits from noshing down on these greens.  Just ask Evans who says "once you've gone micro, there's no going back".

Shop daily for our Microgreens
The Harvest Coop
3815 Washington St.
Jamaica Plain, MA
Open 7am-10pm daily

Bacon Street Farm
100 Bacon St.
Natick, MA 01760
Open 7am-9pm daily

Fruit Center
10 Bassett St.
Milton, MA 02186
Mon- Sat 8:00 am- 8:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am- 7:00 pm

Volante Farms (In June)
292 Forest St.
Needham, MA
Open Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat and Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Find them online and on facebook!

When they're here: July 10, July 17, & August 21.

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: LOVE POP

I'm sure you've seen these quirky origami-like cards around New England, but a Lovepop is more than just a greeting card, it's some serious love in an envelope.

The intricate 3D paper sculptures are designed by naval engineers on cutting edge software and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form of slice form kirigami. Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday, if you’re saying thanks (for not mentioning that thing that happened in Vegas) or celebrating (a co-worker’s compulsive love of cats), they’ve got you covered.

Lovepop founders Wombi Rose and John Wise became best friends at Webb Institute training to become naval architects. After school, the duo traveled to Vietnam where they discovered incredible hand-crafted paper cards. They headed back to Boston and put the cards in the hands of friends, family, and strangers--and watched. That moment when someone opened a card and saw the paper sculpture revealed for the first time became their obsession, and Lovepop was born.

The two launched Lovepop out out of the Harvard Innovation Lab in late 2014. Since then, they were named to the 2015 Techstars class, nominated for 50 on Fire by BostInno, gained the confidence of professional investors, and have been featured on The View, Shark Tank, Good Morning America and more!

When they’re here: Every Sunday!

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Nutty Life

Nutty Life is passionate about bringing you delicious nut milks made with only fresh, organic ingredients.  Their milks are full of love and free of additives, gluten, and dairy.

Shortly after Nutty Life founder Caroline's 21st birthday, she became lactose intolerant.  She started drinking the un-refrigerated almond milk found at the grocery store.  As she grew more health conscious, Caroline became curious as to how the almond milk she was buying didn't need to be refrigerated.  After extensive research, she learned information about the ingredients found in these milks that blew her away! For example, most leading brands of almond milk contain only 2% almonds. On the contrary, each jar of Nutty Life contains 35% nuts! Their milks are full-bodied, filling, and mouth-watering good!

Nutty Life is proud to introduce Boston's best additive-free nut milk delivery service. They can be found locally on the shelves at Bee's Knees Supply Company in Allston, MA (1316 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02134) and are proudly making the nut milk for Gracenote Coffee near South Station in Boston.

Find them on Facebook and Instagram!

When they’re here: June 26, July 17, July 24, August 14, August 28, September 11, September 18, October 2, October 30