When the Boston Public Market opens its doors, shoppers will be greeted with a smorgasbord of lobsters, charcuterie, vinegars, beers, breads, jams, chocolates, and other delicacies from nearly 40 different New England vendors.
The 28,000-square-foot space is set to open in late July. Organizers hope it fills a gaping hole in the Boston food scene as the central and only year-around market to exclusively showcase locally grown and produced goods.
“The magic of a public market is the connection a customer has with the person behind the counter,” said Liz Morningstar, chief executive of the Boston Public Market Association. “People go to markets because they enjoy the authenticity of it.”
An initial set of vendors was announced in early spring and a second set was expected to be released Wednesday. The sellers range from Somerville favorite Union Square Donuts to Red’s Best, a Boston seafood purveyor who tracks every fish to the local who caught it.
The market will be housed in a state-owned building on the corner of Hanover and Congress streets along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. It cost roughly $16.5 million in state and private funds to refurbish the space into an open-concept layout filled with food stalls, a bakery, and a kitchen for on-site cooking classes.
Fun facts about the market’s vendors
Boston Honey Company, the Holliston honey, candles, and skincare products seller, intends to care for a live beehive in the market.
Nine of the 10 farms in the market are from Massachusetts. Eight are owned and operated by families.
Corner Stalk Farm in East Boston harvests 20,000-30,000 leafy green plants every month from recycled shipping containers in an East Boston parking lot.
Stow Greenhouses grows over 90 varieties of cut flowers.
Most mozzarella sold by Wolf Meadow Farm was milk in the cow 12 hours earlier.
Q’s Nuts roasts more than 20 original vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free nuts in small batches.
Soluna Farms grows over 150 different varieties of herbs, including 16 different kinds of basil.
The Cellars at Jasper Hill age cheese in seven underground vaults beneath the pastures where their 40 Ayrshire cows graze.
Nella Pasta makes flavored pastas including poppy seed, lemon & black pepper, hot pepper flake, herbs de Provence, ancient grains, and ground flaxseed.
|Bon Me||Boston and Cambridge|
|Boston Honey Company||Holliston|
|Boston Smoked Fish||Sudbury|
|Corner Stalk||East Boston|
|Crescent Ridge Farm||Sharon|
|George Howell Coffee||Acton|
|Harlow's Vermont Farmstand||Westminster, Vt.|
|Inna's Kitchen||Newton Centre|
|Jasper Hill Farm||Greensboro Bend, Vt.|
|Lilac Hedge Farm||Berlin|
|Mamadou's Artisan Bakery||Winchester|
|Massachusetts Farm Winery and Growers||Westport|
|Peterman's Boards and Bowls||Gill|
|Red Apple Farm||Phillipston|
|Soluna Garden Farm||Winchester|
|Stillman's Quality Meats||Hardwick|
|Sweet Lydia's Chocolate||Lowell|
|Union Square Donuts||Somerville|
|Wolf Meadow Farm||Amesbury|