If you’re a foodie, or just really appreciate fresh fruits and vegetables and enjoy the gourmet market experience, you must put a drive to The Boys Farmers Market on your “to do” list. There’s nothing even close to it in Miami in terms of variety and quality of fruits and vegetables, price point, as well as having a wide selection of other food items in one place. If you know Fairway Market in New York City, this is similar, but on a smaller, though not small scale. Plus, it’s an experience being there, worth the drive to Delray Beach. So what in particular will you find?
Very fresh vegetables that seems just picked. For instance, I bought a head of scallions. Never have I had such plump, crisp scallions. They crunched when I cut them. The green asparagus were extraordinary — also plump, crisp, and uber fresh. Fruits are sold in cascading bins that are steadily replenished, along with containers of cut mixed fruit and single item fruits. A favorite item is the freshly squeezed fruit juices in quart containers including blood orange and lemonade. The piece de resistance is their pineapple that has been skinned, so ripe and fresh the aroma wafts out from the counter.
There are entire sections of the store devoted to cheeses from around the world, Italian and Jewish style baked goods, charcuterie, and smoked fishes, from herring and nova and lox salmon to sprats. Love pickles and sour tomatoes? Check. Find a wide selection of both.
Need to get some protein for dinner? There’s a butcher shop, poultry and fish areas. Don’t want to cook? Find a wide variety of primarily Italian prepared foods, both hot, like pastas, and cold items .
All matter of condiments, sauces, and dressings are sandwiched in the isles, with items from all over the world.
Finish off the dinner shopping with selections from their coffee section , organic fair trade from all over the world including their Boys House Blend and then there are all manner of cakes and pastries.
Everything is value priced, somethings more than others. Also, all products are not like the produce, A+, (such as the hot prepared items), but one makes some allowances for the convenience and the availability of some usually hard to find items. Best to go during the week as weekends can be packed and the isles are narrow. It’s all an experience and in my book, definitely worth it.
The Boys Farmers Market, 14378 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, Florida 33484 T.(561) 496-0810. Free parking in the lot.
For Farmers Markets in Miami: