Happy July everybody! Its been a whirlwind few months here in sunny Boston with Sásta popping up all over the place. From farmers markets to specialty food stores, we are having a brilliant summer bringing Irish food to the masses.
One of the things I have loved most about working at farmers markets here is listening to people’s stories about their Irish travels and their heritage.It never ceases to amaze me the influence our little green rock in the sea seems to hold over people. I suppose it makes sense though….living in Boston, its hard to avoid the Irish influence in this city. So many people I have spoken to long for a taste of Ireland, things they miss from home. This week, I thought I would give you an overview of the best places in and around Boston to stock up on those expat essentials.
Irish Food in Boston – Where to find your favorite groceries:
Sásta – Modern Irish Pantry
Ok, so I couldn’t write about Irish food in Boston without telling you all about Sásta, my new business. Sásta sells Irish baked goods at farmers markets around Boston and we are in a growing number of specialty food stores. We sell the classics – Raisin scones and brown bread are always winners and our Irish stout loaf is a bestseller. You can also buy our ready to bake bread mixes from our online store. We ship across the continental US and they make perfect gifts for Irish friends and family. For the holidays season, we will offer gift baskets with some of your favorite Irish jams, tea and of course, Sásta goodies. Check out our website here for more information and where to find us.
Kiki’s Kwik Mart, Brighton
This unassuming little spot in Brighton may look like your regular grocery store on the outside. On the inside however, you will find a veritable treasure trove of Irish goodies, From Barry’s Tea to Cadbury Chocolate and everything in between, this is my go-to for Irish goodies. For holidays like Easter and Christmas, the stock in the store almost doubles. Mince pies, tins of Irish biscuits, even savory Christmas treats will burden the shelves. Find more information here.
The Lucky Shamrock, Quincy
Much like Kiki’s in Brighton, The Lucky Shamrock is a treasure trove for all those homesick longings. From Tayto’s to MiWadi and everything in between, this south shore spot will supply you will all your Irish desires (well maybe not quite but its pretty close!). They even do laundry products from home! The staff are super friendly and if they don’t have something in stock, they will try to find it for you! More information here.
Greenhills Irish Bakery
Greenhills is located in Adam’s Village, Dorchester. A long standing family business that provides not only great baked goods but a central spot for the Irish community to meet and chat. They also sell a small amount of Irish grocery items and sandwiches can be made on any of their breads. The full Irish breakfast is good here too, or so I am told!
Adams Corner Butcher and Cafe
Last, but by no means least, this little gem is next door to Greenhills. While they are a butcher shop, and can provide you with sausages and Irish bacon, they also stock a range of other products. Jams, gravy mixes, even Brennans bread are on display on the shelves here. They also have a little cafe down the back where you can find Irish breakfast rolls. A heart-attack inducing concept, these are the staple of builders across Ireland so it really is an authentic addition to the Boston Irish food scene. More information here
I am sure there are many more I haven’t discovered yet and I would love to hear from you. What little gems have you discovered that stock all your favorites? Let me know in the comments and maybe I will update this as a live document.
Until next time,