In typical New England fashion, the seasons changed from winter straight into summer in a matter of days. And with this upward swing in temps comes a natural rise in outdoor activities — including farmers markets. Break out your reusable bags—and at least two dollar bills—you’re gonna need them.
Shop til you drop
Starting May 11th, Fair Foods, Inc. is bringing back their “two-dollar bag sites” across the city. Yes, that’s correct — it’s just $2 for a full bag of fresh fruits and vegetables, and $1 for a loaf of fresh bread. These sites can be found in various neighborhoods in Boston, including Cambridge, Dorchester, Fenway, Charlestown, East Boston, Jamaica Plains, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, and more.
The concept is simple: just show up to a participating site and bring cash with you. The two-dollar bag sites happen every first and third Friday of the month (until December) and usually run in the afternoon. Check the calendar for exact details. You’re probably wondering, though, how can they possibly give you such a deal?
Fresh, affordable, healthy
It’s all about the Fair Foods organization. It’s a nonprofit that has been helping low-income families get food at little or no cost since 1988. They have been deemed “food rescuers” because they source and deliver surplus fresh product and goods to communities all throughout New England. Their aim is to increase access to fresh, affordable, healthy food. Which we totally dig.
As one could imagine, there’s a high demand to receive or purchase food at such low costs — thus the bag sites. These set-ups allow the opportunity for more people to get served fresh produce without long lines or a shortage of food.
You’ll need a few things when you visit the two-dollar bag sites. For starters it’s cash-only. And you might want to bring your own bags because it’s not uncommon for the sites to run out. Also of note: The food is first-come, first-served, so we also advise getting there on the earlier side.
Each week supplies could change, so just show up and see what you get! Either way, it’s fresh produce for $2, and you can’t beat that anywhere.