In Chico, Davis, Fredericton, St. Jacob and Saskatoon, their farmer’s market is a primary attraction in these cities. They have this friendly atmosphere and nice vibrant people with a lot smiles. They usually sell far better, tasty, inexpensive fresh produces. You also find nice art crafts as well. Do not expect it here in Boston. (I went the farmer’s market near the city Hall on Saturday. I am sure there are better ones in Boston.) The farmer’s market I went is the worst one I have ever been to. Sure, some sell nice things and cheerful but most part many people sell cheap second or third class produces. Many of them are probably not even farmers and they are rude. They sell things which directly go to garbage cans, and display fairly nice produces in front, but they pack things for you back of the counter so that we can not see and they sneak in inedible produces. One of my friend told me same thing. Whole food, Trader’s Joe are good but Whole food costs substantially more than normal students can afford — some things are cheaper there, though. There are excellent Bubble tea places in town.
Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the States; food are expensive and more so than N.Y. as Al complained. M also told she can get far better food in Waterloo than Boston where she worked at MIT for a while. Another friend at Harvard Physics once told me foods here are expensive and suck. I personally did not believe those things until I came here, only to realize they are right in a few days. Living in S.F. is as expensive as here but food quality is much better as her former residents say. They say that S.F. has more European like atmosphere than Boston. I was in S.F. only for ten days so I cannot say much about it but the city has more places to hang out all year long comparing to Boston whose winter is a bit cold. Most Canadian would think it is fairly warm and I agree though — the first day in Canada, it was -28C with more than 50cm of fresh snow and conveniently my luggage was missing. St. John river was completely under 20 cm of thick ice. I was walking through 50cm of snow for a half mile — I did not realized that snow was removed on the other side of the side walk.