National Farmers Market Week: August 6-12
Celebrating farmers markets’ contributions to the local economy, public health, regional food system, and our communities.
By Tim Johnson, Dewey Square Market Manager
Operating a farmers market in the middle of a concrete jungle is a dichotomy that I love to navigate. I’ve developed an insistence about the importance and value of what we do, for our customers and the food system. I am well aware that a conscientious diet can seem like another competing share in the ever-sliming schedule. That’s why I’m thrilled to be in a city that recognizes the impact of eating well and local farms’ role in that goal. Our Dewey Square farmers market sits on prime real estate, catching the attention of commuters on their rush back home. This spot is only available to us because of Boston’s insistence in the locavore movement as well. We thank you!
The market veterans
This year’s vendor lineup is comprised of a few familiar faces returning from years past. I’m sure it’s relieving for their regular customers to see them back on Dewey Square. These customers have come to appreciate the value in buying their eggs from Karen, of Lilac Hedge Farm, who washed them herself. Or buying kohlrabi from Dan, of Kimball Fruit Farm, who has cooked it in a ton of different ways. Or even getting pistachio frozen custard from Abbott’s Mary Pat, who makes it herself and uses a particular technique to deliver the best scoop around. Here at Dewey Square, you’ll meet vendors invested in their craft and willing to share food wisdom.
The Dewey newbies
There are some new vendors for 2017 who round out our product offerings to make this a comprehensive lunch-dinner-snack shopping destination. Kiss Flower Farm uses fellow vendors’ products to make striking flavor combinations like cherry chipotle jam and apple lavender butter. Top Shelf Cookies has your chocolate fix covered including a recipe incorporating Boston Lager. Also, Pourman’s Coffee is ahead of the café curve with their frothy nitro cold brew coffee. There are a lot more gems to discover but you’ll just have to stop by to find them!
Just as farms have to keep operating through the season, regardless of weather, we’ll be here, every Tuesday & Thursday 11:30AM – 6:30PM. Come find me at the Boston Public Market tent for a free tote bag or advice on delicious Dewey combos. Stay updated on our Instagram (@BostonPublicMarket), Twitter (@BosPublicMarket), and Facebook for new products, music, events, and happenings. See you on the Square!