Pumpkin Festivities at the Boston Public Market
Celebrate Fall at Boston’s Indoor, Year Round, Locally Sourced Market
BOSTON — Celebrate New England’s quintessential fall icon – the pumpkin – at the Boston Public Market with a pumpkin patch, pumpkin events, pumpkin-flavored everything, and to top it all off: the unveiling of “The Official Pumpkin of Boston,” weighing in at an impressive 1,020 pounds. Grab your sweaters, scarves, and apple cider and enjoy the best of fall at the Market.
Check out details below and visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information about upcoming happenings at the Boston Public Market. Visit the Market’s 38 vendors and explore their locally sourced and seasonal produce, meats, dairy, seafood, bread, prepared and specialty items and more.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
- The Official Pumpkin of Boston Arrives at the Market! (11am)
Nothing kicks off pumpkin week better than a 1,020-pound pumpkin! Thanks to a generous donation from Red Apple Farm and their friend and fellow farmer, Tom Brouillet – both of Phillipston, MA – the Boston Public Market will be the lucky home of a giant pumpkin throughout the season. Come watch the unveiling and unloading into the Market, participate in our pumpkin naming contest, and snap a photo with the “guest” of honor (use #BPMpumpking)!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
- Taste of the Season: Pumpkins (10 – 11am)
This week’s seasonal sampling in the KITCHEN is pumpkin-themed in honor of the Official Pumpkin of Boston arrival! Come join us to taste and learn about cooking with pumpkin. Taste of the Season, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is free and open to all.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
- Urban Pumpkin Patch (10am – 5pm)
Bringing the farm to the city, Boston Public Market will create a pumpkin patch on the plaza alongside the Rose Kennedy Greenway outside the Market. Bring the family to stock up on locally sourced pumpkins and gourds for Halloween and enjoy pumpkin crafts, cider, and donuts on the plaza. Red Apple Farm – experts in more than just apples – will supply the pumpkins and host the patch, with a percentage of proceeds going to support local farmers, fishermen and food producers. Head inside the Market to get your pumpkin fill with seasonal treats like Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows from Sweet Lydia’s, Pumpkin Hot Chocolate from Taza, Pumpkin Ice Cream from Crescent Ridge, Pumpkin Affogato from George Howell Coffee, mulled spice vinegar beverages at Mangé, and more! (The pumpkin patch will be moved inside if it rains).
- Pumpkinpalooza! (11am-1pm)
Stop by the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market to carve a pumpkin for Halloween and use the guts to make fresh, healthy pumpkin foods. BYO pumpkin from the patch. Recommended for families with children ages 5-12.
- Pumpkin Vase Flower Arranging with Stow Greenhouses (3-5pm, walk up registration)
Join Barb Rietscha of Stow Greenhouses in the KITCHEN for a fun afternoon creating a beautiful fall centerpiece using pumpkins and seasonal flowers. Stow Greenhouses is a Boston Public Market vendor and a farmer-florist growing artisan flowers year-round. $25/vase.
ABOUT THE BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET:
The Boston Public Market, which opened July 30th, is the only all-local, indoor, year-round market of its kind in the United States. The Market houses 38 local farmers, fishermen, and food purveyors selling items such as farm fresh produce; meat and poultry; eggs; milk and cheese; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; beverages; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods. Everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England. The Boston Public Market, located at 100 Hanover Street above the Haymarket MBTA station, is open Wednesday — Sunday, 8 a.m. — 8 p.m, year-round.
The Boston Public Market is located in downtown Boston’s emerging Market District, next to the Haymarket pushcart vendors and the historic Blackstone Block, and it sits on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Freedom Trail. 100 Hanover Street also contains the Boston RMV branch, entrances to the Haymarket MBTA station, and a parking garage. Two Hubway bike share stations are located nearby.
Boston Public Market vendors are proud to accept SNAP/EBT for all eligible market products, and the Market is a participant in the City of Boston’s Boston Bounty Bucks program, which provides a dollar for dollar match, up to $10 a day, for SNAP customers to spend at participating farmers markets and the Boston Public Market.
The Market is a civic resource, educating the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation. In addition to 38 vendor stalls, the Boston Public Market includes the KITCHEN, a 3,200 square foot demonstration kitchen programmed by The Trustees, the Market’s programming partner, with opportunities such as hands-on cooking demos, lectures, family activities, exercise classes, training and community events.
Construction of the Boston Public Market was a partnership between the not-for-profit Boston Public Market Association, individual and corporate donors, foundations, the City of Boston, and the project’s seed funder, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The not-for-profit Boston Public Market Association operates the Market without any public funds, showcasing a variety of local food purveyors and helping them connect the farm to the city.
For more information, visit bostonpublicmarket.org, Facebook (Facebook.com/BostonPublicMarket), Twitter (@BosPublicMarket), and Instagram (@BostonPublicMarket). Follow activity at the Market by using #bostonpublicmarket.