Fresh Take

A retro produce store worth going out of your way for

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ired of the wilted selection at the supermarket—or the perfect pyramids of produce in the organic foods store? Get a fresh take at Johnny D’s Fruit & Produce and be reminded of what it was like to shop at a neighborhood fruit and produce shop. Owner John DePietro, who picks his produce before dawn at the produce market in Chelsea, even offers on-the-spot tastings of whatever you’d like, just to prove how good it is, and will steer you to what’s the freshest, and the best value for your money. Arpie

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Much of the produce you eat was hauled on a once-a-day train along a nine-mile railroad laid out in 1847 from Boston to the Chelsea Produce Market. The right of way between Pacific Street and Broadway in Cambridge is owned by MIT.

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