The day before it opened on July 30, 2015, I joined a media tour of the Boston Public Market. The place is vibrant with color and the air hangs with the smell of fresh produce, flowers, honey, and chocolate. Can this be Boston’s official happy place? (Good-bye, Cheers!) We had the luxury of talking with some of the 38 vendors who practically hum with passion for the vision of the nation’s first indoor, year-round locally sourced market. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak, until you can get there yourself.
The vendors at Silverbrook Farm stall were offering cherry sungold tomatoes.
The Corner Stalk Farm located in East Boston, grows all of its lettuces in recycled shipping containers using hydroponics and clean technology year-round.
Andrew Pollock, owner of Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth, Mass., is thrilled to be at Boston Public Market even though Silverbrook already has a presence at other farmers markets. They have expanded their acreage to prepare for the winter growing season.
New England vendors range from produce, to cheese, to chocolate, to seafood, to humanely raised meat. There is even a working beehive on site. Most of the vendors are from Massachusetts, with a few from Vermont and Rhode Island.
There are also several vendors offering specialty items such as stonecraft, boards and bowls, and flowers. All are locally sourced.
Several vendors offer prepared foods. So stop by for lunch!
Stow Greenhouses offer artisan flowers using eco-friendly and sustainable growing practices.
Boston Public Market hopes to draw consumers who care about where and how their food is sourced.
Chris Kurth, owner of Siena Farms in Sudbury, Mass., who had been serving as a consultant on the project, was so impressed by the Boston Public Market that he put in a last-minute application to win a spot in the market. More than 250 business submitted a letter of interest. They were chosen based on geographical location, business plan, and educational ties to the community.
Trustee member Mimi Hall explains how the demonstration Kitchen will not only offer cooking classes, but also fitness groups, such as yoga and a running club.
Q’s Nuts of Somerville, Mass., offers sweet, savory, and spicy roasts of nut varieties. My favorite: chocolate lavender almonds!