Indoor, Year-Round, Locally Sourced Market to Host Prospective Vendor Reception October 2
BOSTON — The Boston Public Market opened its doors in July 2015 with nearly 40 local vendors – representative of 80 New England farms and over 7,000 acres of land – offering fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy, baked goods, and prepared and specialty items. With thousands of excited, eager customers and room to grow, the Market is seeking additional permanent and short-term vendors.
The Boston Public Market will host a prospective vendor reception on October 2, 11 a.m. -12 p.m., inviting all interested businesses – both permanent and short term – to tour the Market, hear from current business owners, and learn about the opportunity to become a vendor. Local businesses can RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re fortunate to work with nearly 40 terrific vendors, who, in just their first month of business, welcomed over 150,000 customers seeking fresh, local food and a chance to meet the maker,” said Liz Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. “We regularly welcome over 20,000 visitors every weekend, and, in it’s opening month, the KITCHEN, programmed by our partner the Trustees of Reservations, ran 50 classes hosting over 800 guests. Today’s Market supports over 200 local jobs.”
To ensure this success continues, the Market will always be changing and evolving to stay fresh and meet customers’ needs. The Boston Public Market will continually seek new and unique businesses that showcase the variety and quality of food grown, produced, or caught in New England.
The Boston Public Market offers two types of vendor opportunities – permanent and short-term. Permanent vendors maintain the full operating hours of the Market (Wednesday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and lease a space for one or more years, in which they may create their own retail environment in a wide range of size options.
The short-term vendor opportunity allows food growers and producers the chance to participate in the Market for a limited time frame (typically two to four weeks). This option is ideal for businesses that sell more limited products, including those with short-growing seasons, holiday concepts, single product producers, specialized production concepts, and entrepreneurs testing a concept.
The Market aims to provide fresh, healthy food to nourish our community, as well as serve as a destination for locally sourced groceries. While the Market features a variety of both grocery and grab-and-go options, at this time, vendors offering fresh, whole foods (e.g. farm produce, shellfish, grains and legumes, bakery items) – rather than prepared foods – are encouraged to apply.
“Tastes, trends, and seasonal foods are always evolving and we want to stay up-to-date. We intentionally opened with some reserved, un-leased space to accommodate future vendors. We are excited to introduce additional businesses to this community and it’s a great opportunity to enhance the existing market mix that our customers are already enjoying,” said Tiffani Emig, Market Manager at the Boston Public Market.
With both vendor options, the Boston Public Market’s goal is to have the highest quality food products from the most local sources. Businesses that educate their customers about their products and represent the variety of interest and diversity of backgrounds within our community are encouraged to apply. In keeping with the Market’s mission, all vendors’ products must be grown, raised, landed, or produced in Massachusetts or New England.
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org/become-vendor to learn more about this opportunity.