Food & dining

Inclusion is focus of Boston community kitchen

A rendering of the demonstration kitchen to be operated by the Trustees of Reservations at the Boston Public Market.

The Trustees of Reservations

A rendering of the demonstration kitchen to be operated by the Trustees of Reservations at the Boston Public Market.

The Trustees of Reservations, the largest conservation organization in Massachusetts, will join with the Boston Public Market to open a 3,000-square-foot demonstration kitchen, Trustees president Barbara Erickson announced this week. The Trustees will serve as a programming partner in the market to facilitate workshops and events at the kitchen. The market is slated to open in summer 2015 at 136 Blackstone St., above the Haymarket MBTA station.

“This signature relationship is an extension of our 100-year commitment to connecting people with land. We want to connect people to the importance of agriculture and inspire them to buy locally,” says Erickson. “This market is the first of its kind in Boston, and this community kitchen is a chance for us to access a new, large, diverse audience.”

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The modular, flexible space will host education activities programmed by the Trustees, says Erickson, including lectures, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, and workshops in collaboration with nonprofit partners. Possible topics include cooking demonstrations for people living with diabetes and gardening tutorials for urban dwellers.

The Trustees oversee the Boston Natural Areas Network, which operates hundreds of programs citywide, focusing on topics like urban growing and healthy lifestyles. Erickson says her organization will leverage the network’s reach to cultivate programs geared toward a diverse population.

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Elizabeth Morningstar, chief executive officer of the Boston Public Market, says that “diversity and inclusion” is the kitchen’s major focus. In conjunction with the Trustees, she says the space will offer a blend of fee-based and free programming that targets youth and low-income populations. “We see this as a real community kitchen and gathering place.” Boston-based architecture firm Architerra Inc. will design the new space.

The Trustees currently operate two demonstration kitchens, one at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, another at Powisset Farm in Dover.

The 28,000-square-foot market will also house vendors selling locally sourced products and prepared meals, and shoppers will be able to congregate at a central dining area. The market will accept EBT cards. “This is long overdue for Boston — and we think it will be a great success,” Erickson said. Groundbreaking is slated for Oct. 9.

Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com.
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