#MakerMonday: Vintage Garden

We would like to send a warm welcome to one of the newest members of the SoWa neighborhood— Vintage Garden. This flower design shop has its new home on Thayer St. Stop by their shop to see beautiful arrangements, shop their various books, chocolate or candies, and explore their available workshops. If you can’t get enough of their flowers you can contact them about their weekly or bi-weekly flower arrangement programs or their home garden installations.

#MakerMonday: Fall Guide

It’s officially the first week of fall and to kick it off we compiled a list of some of the great fall items you can find at the market. Vendors in both the farmers market and arts market are rolling out all the stops for fall festivities. With only 5 Sundays left, don't miss your chance to check out all the great vendors to get you ready for the season!

Megglesknits— For Beanies + Scarves

Keep warm with these hand knitted beanies and scarves. Choose your color and combo to keep you cozy throughout fall and into winter.

crow valley farm— maple syrup

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Whether you’re using it to top your pumpkin pancakes on a brisk fall morning or baking homemade fall treats, maple syrup is a fall staple you can find in our farmers market.

laurel greenfield— fall painitngs + prints

Get in the spirit with fall themed art! These paintings are the perfect addition to your home fall decor.

granite ledge coffee—whole bean coffee

Nothing is better in fall than a hot cup of fresh coffee. Stop by Granite Ledge coffee in the Farmers Market to pick up whole beans to enjoy throughout fall!

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adelante Shoes—fall footware

Keep your feet stylish while warm with these leather shoes. Adelante offers options for both men and women with high quality weather to last you through the season and many more to come!

edie & Fin— children’s FOOTWEAR

Keep your children’s feet warm with these handmade sweater booties. The perfect cozy slip on boot for babies and toddlers.

boston chai party— hot or iced chia tea at home

Stay warm with a cozy drink at home. Find chai tea both ready made and to take home in the farmers market.

 

nine five ltd—warm weather gear

Whether you’re looking for beanies, hoodies, socks or windbreakers, Nine Five has everything to help you layer and stay warm on the chilly fall days.

Farm Stands— Seasonal VEGETABLES and fruits

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The farmers market has a variety of local farms every weekend selling fresh and seasonal vegetables. Stop by to pick up fall essentials like butternut squash, apples and pumpkins.

#MakerMonday: Back to School Ready with SoWa Vendors

With September in full swing and students filling up local schools and campuses, we have put together a back to school guide for all ages! Whether you've got little ones starting back in school or you're moving into your new campus housing for college, check out our top recommendations to have you ready to take on another awesome school year!

For the perfect on-the-go snack: Q's Nuts

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With four different kind of nuts to choose from and a variety of flavors, you can be sure to find the perfect snack while you're on the go. They also sell granola so you can switch it up! 

For backpacks + Decor: Salted Indigo

Here you can find anything from pillows to bags of all different sizes. Either will make for a great accessory for your dorm or outfit! 

 

For Wall Hangings: Gold Dust Weaver

These wall hangings make for the perfect addition to any wall. Add some texture to create a more eye catching focal point in your room! 

 

For Fun Floral Painted Prints: Paige Lindsey Designs

Bring a pop of color to any room with these fun and vibrant paintings! Shop a variety of flowers and color schemes to fit your vision perfectly. Can't find exactly what you're looking for? Not a problem, Paige Lindsey Designs also offers commission work! 

For a Quick + Hearty Breakfast/ Lunch: Chrissy's Crumble

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The perfect meal for everyone— vegan, soy free, dairy free + healthy! Doesn't get any better than that! 

 

For the New Apartment Owner: Sweetgum Textiles

New to having a kitchen? Need a better way to keep the counters clean? Tired of the same yellow colored sponge? Sweetgum has you covered with washer safe, expandable cleaning cloths in cute patters to make cleaning even more fun! Stop by to grab some matching dish towels too!

For the Housewarming Plant: The Happy Cactus

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Large to small, pointy to prickley, plants to butterflies— The Happy Cactus Gifts have every type of plant you'll need to bring nature into your home! 

Studio Artist Feature: National Dog Day

National Dog Day was August 26th and here at SoWa, the only thing we love more than Sunday market days are our dog visitors! In honor of the paw-tastic day, we are featuring Katherine Miller, one of the SoWa Artist Guilds studio artists. You can find her in studio 411A where she creates beautiful life-like dog portraits along with a variety of her newer work that is taking a more abstract painting approach. 

Take a scroll through the pictures below to see the artist in work! Can't get enough? Find her in her studio on First Fridays, Second Sundays + during the open studios on SoWa Open Market Sundays!

If you love your pup, you can contact Katherine here to commission a beautiful dog portrait! 

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Little Free Library + More Than Words

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SoWa has recently teamed up with More Than Words to bring a little free library to Thayer Street! Stop by to take a book today + leave a book tomorrow! 

More Than Words kindly provided the first set of free books to kick off the launch of the new library! More Than words is a local Boston based nonprofit that encourages youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by becoming involved with a business. Their model includes youth working in a bookstore selling used books to gain valuable life and professional experience. You can learn more about the organization on their website or visit them in person at the SoWa Open Market on September 23rd + October 7th.

 

The Little Free Library will be available to the public every day of the week for neighborhood residents to stop by and enjoy! You can also visit every Sunday during the SoWa Open Market. 

MakerMonday: Bread Obsession

Nothing beats the smell of freshly made bread in your home, but Bread Obsession comes very, very close! Varda Haimo founded her company in her kitchen after years of self-taught practice influenced by professionals and home bakers alike. Later she partnered up with Joan Forman and together they opened their commercial kitchen just outside of Boston. Today, they sell bread to stores, restaurants, and farm shares in ten towns, and directly to customers at local farmers markets.

We at Bread Obsession aim to do our part to reverse these regrettable trends by making nutritious, beautiful, delicious bread by hand, one loaf at a time.

At Bread Obsession, their approach revolves around 4 key foundations.

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Method

Their approach keeps with the tradition of time- intensive methods to increase healthfulness and flavor.

Ingredients

Excellent ingredients with nothing extra, like preservatives, stabilizers, etc.

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Vision

Their vision revolves around the bakers' knowledge, skills, integrity, and imagination.

Beauty

They shape each bread by hand to create a unique and beautiful loaf. 

With loaves ranging from bagels to baguettes + a cinnamon swirl loaf for your inner sweet tooth, Bread Obsession has something for everyone. They also make bread loaves from different cultures and places around the world including simit which is a bagel found commonly in Turkey. 

Get Cooking: A Summer Dinner Recipe from the SoWa Farmers Market

Have you heard? SoWa officially launched its Farmers Market App, and we're celebrating by cooking up a summer dinner. Our team prepped and planned a three course meal using only ingredients from the SoWa Farmers Market! With goods from seven local vendors, we created easy summer weeknight options great for every level of culinary skill, suitable for both vegetarians and meat lovers alike! 

On the menu: Pasta Primavera + seared steak & Mushrooms + boston lager choco chip cookies from Top Shelf 

Pasta Primavera Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and cut the squash + cherry tomatoes. Halve the tomatoes and cut the squash once vertically and then again into pieces half an inch wide. 
  3. Place veggies on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and toss.
  4. Spead veggies into a single layer and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
  5. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  6. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 3 minutes). 
  7. Drain the pasta, saving a cup of the pasta water for the sauce. 
  8. Add the pasta, water, veggies + pesto to the pot and mix.
  9. Top with cheese + enjoy! 

Steak + Mushroom Recipe

Ingredients

For the steak

  1. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and sprinkle generously with salt + pepper on each side.
  2. Mince the garlic and rub on each side of the steaks. 
  3. Heat a pan with butter to medium-high heat. 
  4. Sear the steaks for about 3 minutes on each side.

For the mushroom topping

  1. Cut the mushrooms into small pieces + chop the onions. 
  2. Add a generous amount of butter to the pan.
  3. Once melted, add the mushrooms and sprinkle with salt + pepper.
  4. After the mushrooms begin to cook, add the onion.
  5. Cook until mushrooms are nicely browned and onion is soft (add olive oil as needed).
  6. Serve topped on the steak or on the side + enjoy!
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#MakerMonday: Black Magic Coffee Co.

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When heading to the SoWa Food Truck Bazaar the first thing you may notice is a small but mighty coffee cart serving up some of the highest quality espresso based drinks and perfectly crafted coffee. Black Magic Coffee Co. is manned by David Simon who you can find every Sunday at SoWa.     

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If you're passionate about your coffee from start to finish, rest assured that Black Magic  Coffee handpicks everything from who supplies their beans down to where they source their milk. Their menu is not expansive with syrups and trendy drinks specifically to focus on the quality of each drink and trust us, you'll taste the difference!

Black Magic Coffee uses Thatcher Farm for their milk. What makes their local milk different from others is how it is pasteurized at low-temperature, which retains the milk's naturally sweet flavor and increased health benefits + it's just delicious.

Not only can you find them at open markets but you can also book them for weddings, private parties and corporate events! 

#MakerMonday: Hunter's Tea

Cold brew tea on tap, anyone? You can find yourself a nice, refreshing cold brew tea every Sunday at SoWa in the Farmers Market. Hunter's Tea sells everything from loose leaf teas to take home and brew yourself to nitro cold brew on tap + specialty supplies. After starting in late 2016, they have been growing and perfecting the craft ever since! 

Hunter's Tea is a small family run company based in New Hampshire. After being unhappy with the selection of whole leaf, organic tea blends, they took matters into their own hands. They now craft exclusive speciality organic blends. Their teas contain elements such as organic full leaf teas, organic dehydrated fruits, and organic spices undergo meticulous vetting to assure their freshness and quality.  Hunter's Tea specifically uses single estate teas lead to a refined taste, increased quality, and delicious flavor.

We wanted to create a place where tea lovers could always expect the best organic cold brew tea and our new tea bar seemed like the best place to start. We handcrafted our mobile tea bar featuring three towers and six taps. We have fun offering experimental blends and Nitrogen infused cold brew teas. Our new cold brew tea bar, also allows us to serve high quality, and craft-brewed organic tea, both cold brew and nitro cold brew with style.
— Adam
 
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Be sure to stop by the farmers market every Sunday to try their tea. Their menu changes so there is always something new and refreshing to enjoy! If you love it, pick up a bag of their tea to brew your own at home. You can find tips + ticks to brewing cold brew tea here on their website

“Our Nitro Tea is a big deal, and I believe we are the only company making it on the East Coast. We have been perfecting Nitro tea since early 2017 and change up our nitro tea draft weekly. Last weekend we had a Banana Oolong Nitro Tea, and a Ginger Black Nitro Tea. The week previous we offered a Peach Black Nitro Tea.”
— Adam

Want to know what's next for Hunter's Tea? We asked CEO Adam Matossian to get the inside scoop:

"Our goal is to have the cold brew tea bar travel all over New England serving up the best organic cold brew tea and nitro cold brew tea. We also consistently change out the taps offering a variety of cold brew and nitro cold brew teas. We're thinking about hosting a Nitro Tea day and only serve six different Nitro Teas. 

Were also currently producing in larger volume and starting to distribute our organic cold brew and nitro cold brew tea in August. "

#MakerMonday: Vintage Market

Located downstairs at 450 Harrison Ave, the SoWa Vintage Market is Boston's weekly destination for antiques, vintage, collectables, art and many other one-of-a-kind items. The Vintage Market is open every Sunday year-round from 10am-4pm. Visit their website, find them on Instagram + visit them during your next trip to SoWa! 

In need of a unique gift? Looking for one-of-a-kind pieces? Love searching to find hidden treasures? The vintage market offers a lot more than just clothing. You can find anything from home decor to accessories. Give new life to name brands such as Coach and Liberty London or snag a vintage guitar to jam out with.  

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Don't forget that they are also open on SoWa First Fridays! Come spend some time and search through the endless vintage finds.