Celebrate the Holidays with the Boston Public Market
BOSTON — This season, make the new Boston Public Market a part of your holiday traditions, festivities, and most important – your holiday meals. Buy festive ingredients from our 38 vendors, shop for locally sourced gifts, and visit the KITCHEN, programmed by The Trustees, for holiday cooking classes and family activities.
Don’t forget, the Boston Public Market will be open for a special day on Tuesday, November 24, 8am-8pm (regular hours are Wednesday – Sunday), for last minute grocery shopping and an opportunity to pick-up turkeys and side dishes just in time for Thanksgiving. The Market will be closed on Thanksgiving and open on Friday, November 27.
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, plus eight special holiday vendors, and explore their locally sourced and seasonal produce, meats, dairy, seafood, bread, prepared and specialty items, and more.
Urban Christmas Tree Farm: Thanks to Stillman’s Farm, you can find locally sourced Christmas trees, wreaths, and greenery this holiday season close to home at the Boston Public Market. The Christmas tree farm will kick off on the plaza outside the market on November 28 & 29 and December 5 & 6 (12-5pm), and trees will be available inside the Northeast section of the Market for the remainder of the season. Also visit Stow Greenhouses for tabletop trees, wreaths, and mistletoe, as well as Siena Farms for trees. Bring a bit of the New England forest into your living room!
Holiday Gift Guide: For party hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, and gift baskets, shop local this year with outside-the-box options like a Pasta of the Month subscription, Kids’ CSAs, Oyster Gift Pack (oyster knife, dozen local oysters, mignonette recipe, and shucking instructions), salad jars, and of course, all things food – New England based fruit, syrups, fudge, honey, tarts, cheese, nuts, and more. The Market will offer a handy Holiday Gift Guide to learn more about how to source your shopping locally.
Chanukah Meal Ingredients: Enjoy a Chanukah meal made with local ingredients from the Market. Grab a hot latke or deli items from Inna’s Kitchen throughout the week of Chanukah, or a loaf of Blacker’s Bakeshop Challah bread any time this December. The Market is a one-stop shop for potatoes, apples, and cabbage from the produce vendors, smoked fish and bluefish pâté from Boston Smoked Fish, and honey from Boston Honey Company.
‘Tis the season for tasty treats! Visit our rotating short-term vendors popping up at the Market throughout December, including:
- PolkaDog Bakery (11/4 – 12/27) Dog treats handmade from scratch in the South End, using locally sourced, fresh ingredients.
- CommonWealth Kitchen (11/14 – 12/27) Three businesses involved with Boston’s only shared-use commercial kitchen and culinary business incubator will rotate and operate space at the market this holiday season:
- Top Shelf Cookies: handcrafted artisan style cookies.
- Third Cliff Bakery: delicate shortbread and crunchy granola.
- Tia’s Cakes & Pastries: cakes, cookies, brownies & pies, often inspired by Southern and Caribbean flavors.
- McCrea’s Candies (12/2 – 12/20) Award-winning caramels using fresh, local ingredients, with classic flavors like vanilla and maple, and unique options like ginger-fusion or black lava sea salt.
- Cook’s Farm (12/2 – 12/27) Fresh pies, jams, maple syrup, breads, and cookies from a family farm in Newbury, VT and Brimfield, MA.
- Lakota Bakery (12/2 – 12/24) Fresh-baked, handmade, all butter cookies from Arlington, MA.
- Deborah’s Kitchen (12/9 – 12/27) All natural, low sugar spreadable fruit and relish from Littleton, MA.
Join us for special holiday events at the Market this month, including:
Market Morsels: Healthy Holiday Sides from Good and Cheap (in the KITCHEN) (12-1pm) Swing through the KITCHEN on your lunch break to have a taste of the Boston Public Market. This week we will be highlighting healthy, affordable, holiday sides; free samples will be available while supplies last!
Bone Broth and Soups Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts (in the KITCHEN) (2-4pm) All good soups start with one basic ingredient: a high quality broth. Learn to make rich, nourishing soups with Gena Mavuli, a Boston area nutrition consultant and cooking instructor. She’ll demo one broth and soup, and we’ll do plenty of tasting. This class is free.
Family Wreath & Ornament Party (in the KITCHEN) (5-7pm) Kickoff December with an evening of holiday crafts! Bring the family to make wreaths, ornaments, and festive decor from local and natural items. Eggnog and snacks will be available. Trustees Members: $10 per family; Nonmembers: $15 per family.
Cozy Kitchen Cookies Sundays (in the KITCHEN) (12/6, 12/13, 12/20; 2-5pm) As you stroll the Market this holiday season, stop in at the KITCHEN every Sunday for a festive snack break! We’ll be baking cookies all afternoon for children (and grown-ups) to decorate and enjoy with a holiday story. Children’s books, old and new, will be read throughout the afternoon for everyone to enjoy. $2 per cookie.
Seasonal Sampler: Brussels Sprouts (in the KITCHEN) (11am-1pm) This week’s seasonal sampling highlights a vegetable come back kid—the Brussels sprout. These little leafy greens are tasty, versatile, and so easy! Taste of the Season is free and open to all, so visit the KITCHEN and have a taste!
Market Morsels: Chocolate Truffles (in the KITCHEN) (12-1pm) Swing through the KITCHEN on your lunch break to have a taste of the Boston Public Market. This week we will be highlighting truffles. Homemade chocolate truffles make wonderful holiday gifts and can be customized to suit any taste; free samples will be available while supplies last!
Barista Throw Down with George Howell Coffee (5-8pm) Coffee lovers – get ready for a throw down! Join George Howell Coffee as they host talented baristas from around the city in a competition of beautiful, handmade latte art. Cheer on your favorite artists, and enjoy George Howell’s freshly roasted small batch coffee and snack samples from fellow vendors like Taza Chocolate, Cellars at Jasper Hill, Sweet Lydia’s, Red Apple Farm, and Daniele.
Christmas Tree Detective (3:30-4:30pm) How well do you know your Christmas tree? Stop by the Kids’ Nook and use your sleuthing skills to inspect, identify, and describe local Christmas tree varieties. New England Forestry Foundation experts will help you hone your observational skills and become an expert Christmas tree detective!
Seasonal Sampler: Nuts vs. Cheese (in the KITCHEN) (11am-1pm) This week’s seasonal sampling tackles the age-old question—is it better to top vegetable sides with nuts or cheese? Taste of the Season is free and open to all, so visit the KITCHEN and have a taste!
Third Thursdays Sampling & Music Night (5-8pm) Swing by the Market every third Thursday of the month for the opportunity to enjoy live music and free samples of what’s new and in season from the vendors.
Seasonal Sampler: Gingerbread Houses (in the KITCHEN) (11am-1pm) This week’s seasonal sampling explores local building materials for classic gingerbread houses. Kids (and adults) of all ages are welcome to stop by and decorate. Taste of the Season is free and open to all, so visit the KITCHEN and have a taste!
New England Conservatory Holiday Brass Band (2-3pm) Enjoy live brass music in the Market while shopping for holiday meal ingredients and gifts.
Market Morsels: Holiday Drinks (in the KITCHEN) (12-1pm) Swing through the KITCHEN on your lunch break to have a taste of the Boston Public Market. This week we will be exploring simple seasonal libations, perfect for rounding out a holiday party. Free samples will be available while supplies last!
ABOUT THE BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET:
The Boston Public Market, which opened July 30, 2015, 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.