Clearly, Bostonians love fresh produce! Their newest purveyor, the Boston Public Market, opened in early August at Haymarket Station, right next to the established farmers market. Rather than compete, they create a synergy, which I hope signals big changes for our country’s food systems.
The open-air grocers’ crowd appears to be multiplying. On this Friday morning, dozens of determined customers flocked to both in search of the freshest fruits & vegetables.
Unaware of the new market’s existence and on my way to Faneuil Hall, I ran into the buzz spilling out from the Market’s Hanover Street entry. The sparkling enthusiasm drew me in and after a quick peek, I decided good ole’ Faneuil could wait. A couple of hours later, with all senses engaged, I began to learn from the vendors just how special this market really is. According to the market’s association:
“The Boston Public Market is the only locally sourced market of its kind in the United States. Everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England. The Market is a civic resource, educating the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation.”
This concept resonates with me on so many levels that I believe it deserves duplication in every city across America. Locally sourced comestibles mean better quality, richer tasting food with less preservatives. The market provides local farmers with a viable outlet to meet demand. I’m cheering them on as their success in the new market will corroborate the importance of local farming.
As a concerned citizen, foodie, and advocate for a holistic approach to our health, I applaud these farmers and the Association for having the vision & perseverance to create this unique and important market.
If widely adopted, the ‘BPM’ model could revolutionize local farming, where we shop and what we eat. The demand for healthier, better quality foods continues to rise. Once you taste the difference, and experience the health benefits, it’s hard to lower your expectations. A similar market in my town will mean I have a choice over supermarket produce harvested much too early, modified for longer shelf life, and shipped hundreds of miles before my consumption.
The vendors’ pride & passion are evident at every counter. Each one with a worthy story; it’s business, and it’s personal! They make the shopping experience a treat for the eyes, belly & soul. Stillman Quality Meats is one example. Founded by life-long farmer Kate Stillman, she works with her two sons to offer farm to table, grass fed meat, poultry, hand made sausages and charcuterie.
Stow Greenhouses specializes in lilies but grow over 50 other varieties of flowers year-round. Their design studio offers creative flower arrangements for consumers and businesses. As you’ll see in the images below, there’s something for everyone at the Market. It’s 1300 miles from home in Fort Lauderdale, but there will be no trip to the northeast for me, without a pit stop at the Boston Public Market.