BOSTON — The much-anticipated Boston Public Market is set to open its doors on July 30, bringing fresh, local food to the people of Boston five days a week and giving them a new opportunity to taste, buy, and learn about the bounty of New England. The 28,000-square-foot Market will house over 35 farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England, selling items such as farm fresh produce; meat and poultry; eggs; milk and cheese; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods.
The Boston Public Market, located at 100 Hanover Street above the Haymarket MBTA station, will be open Wednesday — Sunday, 8 a.m. — 8 p.m, beginning on July 30. A list of vendors can be found at their website.
“Next month, our vendors will be selling hundreds of products from over 200 local small businesses here in the Market,” said Boston Public Market CEO Liz Morningstar. “We’re proud to support over 200 jobs and to have built a home for the local food economy in Boston.”
The 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, vent stacks for the Interstate-93 tunnel, and a parking garage. On-site bike parking is available and two Hubway stations are located nearby.
The Boston Public Market is the only locally sourced market of its kind in the United States. Everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England. Boston Public Market vendors are proud to accept SNAP/EBT for all eligible market products.
The Market is a civic resource, educating the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation. In addition to more than 35 vendor stalls, the Boston Public Market includes a 3,200 square foot demonstration kitchen.
The KITCHEN, programmed by The Trustees of Reservations, the Market’s programming partner, will offer opportunities such as hands-on cooking demos, lectures, family activities, exercise classes, training and community events within the Boston Public Market. Programs are offered by a diverse group of non-profit organizations and for-profit partners, including America’s Test Kitchen, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Boston Children’s Museum, Project Bread, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, UMASS Amherst, Community Servings, Let’s Talk About Food, and Boston Ferments.
“The opening of the Boston Public Market, much like the opening of any new civic organization, will enrich and enhance life in the Commonwealth, said Barbara Erickson, President and CEO of The Trustees of Reservations. “We are pleased to be a part of its success and to accelerate the understanding and appreciation of farming, local food, and locally sourced goods.”
100 Hanover Street was built as part of the Big Dig, and the ground floor had been vacant for over 12 years. The architect for the project was Architerra, a Boston-based design firm, and construction was done by Lee Kennedy Company.
“The design of the Market is flexible, durable, and utilitarian, and it’s meant to put vendors and their products first, architecture second,” said Morningstar. “That’s because the Boston Public Market is all about making the connection between food and farm, and allowing the people of Boston to meet the faces behind their food.”
The Boston Public Market is a public-private partnership made possible with the support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the commitment of over $9 million in private philanthropy from many donors. The Market’s founding partners include the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, the John W. Henry Family Foundation, Holly and David Bruce, the Manton Foundation, The Trustees of Reservations, and the generous support of an undisclosed benefactor. The Conservation Fund also provided $3 million in financing, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Market’s Health and Wellness Partner, is providing funding and content for health and wellness programming.