Detroit has its Eastern Market. Portland’s James Beard Public Market is in the works. And San Francisco has its Ferry Building Marketplace. While Boston may be a little late in joining the public market party, it will certainly be causing the most commotion (in the best possible way)! The Boston Public Market will be a standout among others, recognized as the first in the United States to only sell local products from local companies. Eating seasonally is back, with a vengeance. No more strawberries in October, or apples in April… all hail locavores (Shemkus)!
Another unique aspect about the Boston Public Market is that it will remain open to the community for all twelve months of the year, rather than closing during a specific season or two. Chief Executive of the Boston Public Market Association, Elizabeth Morningstar, expresses the ambiguity of the undertaking, stating “Do I know if it’s going to succeed? I don’t. Do I think it’s the right thing to do? One hundred percent” (Shemkus).
About thirteen million dollars will be spent in expenses in order to build the market and fund its many moving parts. Generous financial contributors to this food center include: The Conservation Fund, the state of MA itself, and donations. Once fully constructed, wired, and painted, approximately forty food companies, farms, vendors, etc. will set up shop inside the center. These vendors will sell products such as fruits and vegetables harvested at the peak of ripeness, crafted gourmet chocolates, freshly caught seafood, local honey, and a variety of meat products (Shemkus).
Community education will serve as the heart and soul of the Boston Public Market. In order to inform customers about the mission of the market and also impart knowledge to them about its interesting offerings, multiple vendors, such as Somerville’s Taza Chocolate and Holliston’s Boston Company will include educational components in their stands. Additionally, the center’s kitchen will serve as the home base for shoppers to sharpen their culinary skill, by being active participants in cooking classes and other interactive programming options. The best news of all is that these programs will be designed to be inclusive and reasonably priced. For instance, 33.33% of all programs will cost zero dollars for the consumer, and the second 33.3% of all programs will be priced below twenty dollars. The Trustees of Reservations Market Programming Director, Mimi Hall, declares “We’re making sure people of all different backgrounds and all different means get connected to the land” (Shemkus).
In what ways will this public market enhance the Boston community, and do you plan on visiting the food center this summer if you live locally? Do you predict that other American cities will follow the footsteps of Boston and begin sourcing only local food products? Please let me know!
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
P.S. If you’re interested in more information about the Boston Public Market, here’s the link to the article I used in this blog:
Also, here’s the link to the official Boston Public Market website:
Shemkus, Sarah. “Boston to Launch the Nation’s First ‘All-Local’ Public Market.” Civil Eats: 21 May 2015. Web. 9 June 2015. <http://civileats.com/2015/05/21/boston-to-launch-the-nations-first-all-local-public-market/>