It was announced on Monday that the Boston Public Market Association has won the bid to operate a year-round market in downtown Boston that will sell produce, meats, dairy products and more all made or raised in Massachusetts! The site, the first floor of a building on the corner of Hanover St. & John F Fitzgerald Surface Road is not expected to open until the Summer of 2014.
Despite the multi year time frame before the market is open this is a huge step forward to having a real public market the city deserves, one on par with Seattle's Pike Place, San Francisco's Ferry Building, or Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market to name some examples. For those of us who frequent farmers markets and get excited about local food the Boston Public Market represents a huge step towards year-round access to locally grown and sourced produced and goods here in Boston, all under one roof!
I can't even begin to imagine how much work and planning has to go into getting this up an running, even with a target opening that is more than 2 years away I know that countless farmers and market vendors will be buzzing about this as the summer markets start up soon and I can't wait to hear what they have to say about this great news!
Congrats to the BPMA and all those who've worked so hard on this project.