Big news in my little corner of the world – Kevin and I just closed on our very first home! After a very long, extremely stressful home search, we ended up with a condo that is nothing like what I expected our first home would, but nonetheless – it’s ours! It’s a real fixer upper, since the market in our area pretty much priced us out of anything completely finished, but with a lot of patience, hard work, and careful budgeting, we should have something we’re proud to call home before too terribly long. Our new purchase takes us from living just south of the city to a bit north of the city, which will definitely be a change, and one I am welcoming with open arms.
On recent, frequent trips up 93 from our current apartment to our new home, we’ve often passed by this giant billboard advertising the Assembled Market at Assembly Square in Somerville. Eager to get to know our new neck of the woods better, I took advantage of an opportunity with Boston Bloggers to visit the market a couple of weekends ago.
Paper flowers from Antique Co-op Spaulding Cooperage
Kevin and I visited on one of the hottest days of the year. Despite wearing as few clothes as appropriate, and guzzling as much frosty iced coffee as I could handle, I was still dying when we got there, and not exactly excited about walking up and down the pavement browsing artisans. Good thing the market was so fun, I was momentarily distracted from the miserable heat! A long time devotee of the SOWA market, I wasn’t expecting much of the Assembled Market. After all, it was out of the city, in the middle of a parking lot at a very new and perhaps not well known complex. I was delighted to find that there was a great variety of artisans though, mostly all of which I’d never seen before. By some crazy coincidence, there was even a photographer there selling his work from my hometown!
The first booth we stopped at was Bird’s Eye View Birdhouses. Since I was little, my parents have been really into cool birdhouses, so we’ve always had them scattered around the yard. These birdhouses, made by the talented John Bailey, are beautiful, unique, and made to make birds happy. I immediately snapped a photo and sent it to my Mom, and plan on giving her one (or two or three) for gifts in the future. I’m hoping we can also buy one for our new condo!!
Next I stumbled upon Patrick Zephyr Nature Photography. He’s the artist from my hometown! I was surprised yet pleased to find him in the middle of a parking lot in Somerville, and enjoyed perusing his photos for the first time in ages. His work is incredible, and once we’ve picked paint colors for our walls (and gotten around to actually painting them), I’m going to adorn them with some of his work.
I’m a big fan of very simple sterling silver jewelry, so Holly Blue Jewelry caught my eye right off the bat. I had gone in with the intention of buying something at the market, but when I got to Holly’s booth, I was overwhelmed with indecision. I ended up settling on the below stacking rings, which I have worn nearly every day since, but I also really loved these simple little dot post earrings, which I’m probably going to buy from her the next time payday rolls around
And of course, since it was a million degrees outside and we were using all of my energy not to pass out from heat exhaustion, we worked up quite an appetite. Bon Me was there but sadly not serving food because it was too hot (really! that happened!), so we ended up going to the neighboring food truck, the Away Cafe, where we each got one of these Thai Beef Wraps. I can’t remember exactly what was in them, but they were loaded with beef, rice and veggies, and had good flavor. I found them to be a bit heavy on such a hot day, but they actually really hit the spot and tasted delicious!
Overall, despite the heat, we had a really great time at the market and I definitely see myself going back once we’re living in that neck of the woods (in less than a week!) I hope with time it grows to be bigger, and features more food trucks. But right now, I love it’s originality, space to move around, and friendly vendors!
Disclaimer: I visited this market through an association with Boston Bloggers, and was given food and market credits in return for a written post. As usual, all opinions expressed here are my own.