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Boston Public Market’s demo kitchen will be a busy place

Whether you want to eat healthfully, shop frugally, or just need help boiling water, the Boston Public Market will come to the rescue. The year-round market has announced several culinary, health, and wellness programs from a variety of notable collaborators. Their high-powered demonstration kitchen will host the free and ticketed events beginning Aug. 16.

Many programs have a civic bent. The Boston Children’s Museum will lead a workshop series to promote healthy lifestyles for families with children. Let’s Talk About Food, which promotes dialogue about food literacy, will host lunchtime lectures and a monthly film series on sustainability. Lecturers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst will provide interactive demonstrations and educational talks about the environmental and health aspects of national and local food systems.

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The kitchen will also focus on health and wellness programs. Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts will offer weekly tastings and seasonal festivals featuring healthy, local foods. Anti-hunger organization Project Bread will provide budget-cooking classes, and nutritionists from meal-delivery program Community Servings will lead workshops on eating for diabetes prevention and management.

Novice cooks can get a boost too. Instructors from America’s Test Kitchen will host weekly “You Can Cook” classes to help aspiring chefs feel more comfortable behind the stove, with topics like how to boil water, saute, and stir-fry. Bonus: The two-hour classes include dinner.

The Trustees of Reservations is the market’s lead programming partner and aims to welcome a diverse audience with these ongoing events. “This programming is about improving quality of life through healthy living, cooking, an active lifestyle, arts, and culture. It’s a wonderful resource for residents, visitors, and commuters too,” says Trustees president Barbara Erickson.

The kitchen will host approximately 10 to 12 programs each week in accordance with market hours, which are Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. “The kitchen programming the Trustees have developed with their amazing partners will educate people about local food and agriculture and engage them with healthy living and sustainability, and we’re thrilled to have them as our founding partner,” Boston Public Market CEO Liz Morningstar said in a statement.

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The 28,000-square-foot market is located above the Haymarket MBTA station along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. It will host nearly 40 food stalls with local vendors when it opens in mid-July.

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program registration starts on July 15. Classes and workshops will be added routinely to www.thetrustees.org/bpm.


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