By Mimi Hall, Trustees of Reservations’ Boston Public Market Programming Manager
As the Boston Public Market’s programming partner, we are excited to announce the first round of the culinary, health, and wellness partners who will offer classes, workshops, and events in the Boston Public Market KITCHEN. The Trustees of Reservations and our many collaborators will offer year-round opportunities in the 3,200 square foot, state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen including hands-on cooking demos, lectures, family activities, exercise classes, and community events within the Boston Public Market. Check out this great feature in The Boston Globe Food Section yesterday!
The KITCHEN will be a gathering place for all to share and learn about the healthy bounty of Massachusetts and New England. It will be the center of community education, programming and interaction, featuring engaging workshops, programs, tours and events that are relevant and accessible to Boston residents, commuters and visitors.
Here are just some of the exciting partners who will offer classes, workshops, and events in the KITCHEN beginning shortly after the Market opening:
- America’s Test Kitchen will offer weekly “You Can Cook” classes on the basics to help aspiring cooks become more comfortable in the kitchen.
- The Boston Children’s Museum is slated to lead a series of workshops that will promote healthy lifestyles for families with children.
- Project Bread will offer free ‘Cooking on a Budget’ classes.
- UMASS Amherst will lead lectures and demonstrations about the environmental and health impacts of the food we eat.
- Community Servings will lead classes on healthy eating for diabetes prevention and management.
- Let’s Talk About Food and founder Louisa Kasden will get the conversation going on everything from food in schools to food technology, Public Square-style.
- The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) will be holding their 31st annual Tomato Contest at the Market, featuring tomatoes from farms throughout Massachusetts.
- Boston Ferments will be holding their third annual Boston Fermentation Festival at the market.
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Market’s Health & Wellness Partner, will offer weekly tastings featuring the best food of the season, as well as seasonal festivals featuring healthy and local foods.
As the largest private owner of farmland in the Commonwealth, we at The Trustees are committed to building a more sustainable food system through community supported agriculture (CSA), farm stands, pantry donation, “food by prescription” programs, day camps, cooking classes and community gardens.
We will present a selection of daily programs in the KITCHEN designed to highlight culinary experts, traditions, and local food production and inspire healthy eating, creative cooking, and wellness among families and individuals.
Connecting people to agriculture, local food, and healthy, active living has become a hallmark of the Trustees work and we are pleased to be a part of the Market’s opening by providing this platform for learning and growth. We hope that by participating in these programs, Market patrons and program participants will be able to enhance their health and wellbeing and also gain an appreciation and better understanding for all of the wonderful, local agricultural, cultural and recreational resources available to them here in Boston and around the Commonwealth.
We look forward to seeing you in August!
Mimi Hall is the Program Manager for the Kitchen at the Boston Public Market, developing culinary and educational programming that will engage participants, partners and the general public – making the connection between food, the land and the people who produce it. Prior to her work with the Trustees Mimi was an advocate for the formation of a Public Market through her work with the Boston Public Market Association, organizing the launch of the Dewey Square Farmers Market at South Station and leading advocacy campaigns contributing to the state’s designation of the project.