Boston Public Market: Food, Craft, and Hope

Boston Public Market: when I am in the Boston area, I have always enjoyed visiting. Sometimes I’d meet up with friends for lunch, and at other times I’d enjoy being there on my own, exploring in both new and familiar offerings from the three dozen or so food producers, artists, and craftspeople who call Boston Public Market home.

All that has changed in recent weeks. There are still ways in which many of the creative food vendors can serve your food needs if you are in the Boston area (or know someone there to whom you’d like to give a gift).

Update–> Boston Public Market plans to reopen four days a week beginning 16 September. Follow the link to the Market’s site above to learn about their safety plans, which include requiring all to wear masks, one way foot traffic inside the market, and limits as to number of visitors indoors at one time. There will also be provision for an outdoor seating area.

Market fresh veg

So this story will have two aspects. There will be a bit of a look at the Boston Public Market during visits I’ve made in the past, so you may have an idea of what the vendors are like, and what may come when times get better. I will also let you know about ways to support the market and its vendors at present.

Boston Public Market is usually an indoor market (note that the indoor market is closed at present), where close to three dozen businesses, whose products range from fresh made pasta to smoked fish, from popovers to doughnuts, from fresh veg and fruit to allergen free cakes to jewelry to wooden bowls, to beer and wine, to yarn to honey to bagels to shakshuka to ice cream…well, you get the idea. There is a lot going on, and with it all a sense of community and welcome.

All the food producers and craftspeople are based in New England, most from the Boston area or nearby. In so far as seasonality permits, ingredients are locally and regionally sourced, as well. Many ingredients and processes are organic, and many are sustainably sourced and many are created with sustainable practices.

Boston Public Market is easy to find. It is located right above the Haymarket Station of Boston’s public transit system, the MBTA. Several city bus lines stop nearby. it is a short walk from Faneuil Hall and other downtown Boston sites, as well.

Here’s that look around from the past

A look down one of the aisle spaces
Boston Public Market aisle

A tasty popover from The Popover Lady
Boston Public Market popover from Popver Lady

There are several vendors who sell fresh produce at the Boston Public Market, and an apple farm has a stand with not only fresh apples all manner of tasty apple items such as jams and pastries, not to mention accessories including ball caps and aprons as well.
Boston Public market apples

Hand crafted mead on offer
Boston Public Market mead

Supporting New England fisher folk by selling fresh and prepared fish
new england fishermen smoked fish

The food is great, and varied, at Boston Public Market, but there is more than food on offer
Wood bowls boston

Boston Public Market yarn

boston plants

There is more food, though — which at times comes with a sense of humour
Boston Public Market gingerpeople

and recipes…
Boston Public Market recipe card

What you can do in the present:

Many market vendors are offering delivery. You may access links to all who do this through a link on the Boston Public Market website.

The Boston Public Market is itself a charitable organization and would welcome your gifts of support.

Several days a week, there is a pop up market on the outdoor plaza by the Boston Public Market building. The Market’s social media channels are the best ways to find out about these.

The individual vendor listings were a regular part of the Boston Public Market services before the current situation.

These include backstories on the producers, their products, and their creativity. They also offer you the chance to find contact information for vendors and links their websites, so you may find out, among other things, details about how they are handling things at present. This is also a good place to find out how to connect with market artisans who are not food producers or otherwise are not participating in the food delivery listing.

What the future may hold for the Boston Public Market and for each of its vendors is uncertain at present. What will last, I am sure, is the sense of community, the respect for creativity,the commitment to service, and the warm welcome that are hallmarks of Boston Public Market.

Boston Strong sign

Photographs by Kerry Dexter. Thank you for respecting copyright.

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