It’s been two years since Boston Public Market opened it’s doors, and it’s already become a staple for locally sourced products in downtown Boston. Vendors from across the commonwealth come to sell everything from fresh produce to artisan crafts. And while only a third of the permanent vendors are dedicated to food and groceries, it’s the best place to go to get a taste of everything Massachusetts has to offer.
The market has been an excellent tool for local farmers. As a permanent farmer’s market, it allows consumers to learn about the variety of food grown in the greater Boston area, and put a face to items that would normally be bought at a supermarket. Farmers like Al Rose, owner of Red Apple Farm, are enjoying the new access to urban consumers in an urban environment that was previously inaccessible to small scale family operations.
Public market’s aren’t a new idea, and they can be found in most major cities across the United States. They’ve become increasingly popular due to the increase in demand for “local” food. As opposed to farmer’s market’s that happen at a specific time and date, the Boston public market is open 7 days a week, encouraging curious consumers and passerby to shop on their own time, which is important in making local agriculture more accessible.
And in Massachusetts, a state not known for it’s agriculture, accessibility is key. With the increase in popularity in “local” produce, it’s encouraging people to reconsider farming as a viable business in the northeast. This is important for new england, as it’s a region that’s becoming increasingly dependent on outside food.