More people have become conscious of the importance of shopping local, so Boston made arrangements to accommodate this lifestyle. As a result, in July 2015, the Boston Public Market opened its doors.
The indoor market is open all year round, Wednesday-Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm. It offers Bostonians the chance to purchase from over 38 vendors from all over New England, each one serving up some awesome and unique products, all made locally and sustainably. With this many vendors, the market can be overwhelming, so we’ve created this guide to make your next trip a little easier.
This shop offers up French-style breads and pastries, all fresh and great for dipping in soups or eating as they are. Keep an eye out for the olive bread. It’s exquisite.
A Somerville native, this stand is THE place to go for some fluffy and wonderful donuts. Try the maple bacon donut. I know, it sounds gross. Just trust me.
This bakery offers up European-style goods from quiche to pretzels. Be sure to stop by for fresh-baked berliners (the German version of a stuffed donut).
George Howell (the owner) travels to almost every farm he purchases from all over the world. This creates lasting relationships with the farmers and guarantees a perfect cup of coffee everytime.
This shop offers the largest selection of craft beers in New England. Walking down this alley will leave you filled with spirits (locally made, of course).
Fine wines and hard ciders are the way to go, especially if they’re made in our lovely Massachusetts state. Stop by for a glass or two or three. Better yet, buy a whole bottle for yourself. We won’t tell.
Juicing is a health trend that we’re all familiar with, and Mother Juice takes this to the next level. Get some great juices for a cleanse or a hearty meal that’s just as healthy.
Appleton Farms has a long history of creating high quality dairy products that are guaranteed to please everyone.
Cave-aged cheese made with all the love and care you could possibly imagine? Yes please. Jasper Hill serves up all these delicacies, and will even put it in a grilled cheese for you.
If you’re into ice cream that was ranked in the top ten in the WORLD by National Geographic, be sure to stop by Crescent Ridge. Grab some of their glass-bottled milk, too.
Artisan cheese is a trend in this market, but Wolf Meadow specializes in southern Italian styles. Make sure to check their panini of the day while you’re there.
Meat & Seafood
Family owned and pasture raised, what could be better? Chestnut Farms proves that their techniques for raising livestock is the best way.
Since 1976, this vendor has been serving up artisan charcuterie. Their products are the perfect addition to any appetizer, soup, or salad.
Lilac serves up frozen (and fresh) meats as well as some prepared foods, perfect for any college student who knows the importance of stocking up when you can.
This vendor stays true to the fishermen who provide for them daily. They offer fresh cuts as well as prepared options (including a make your own sushi kit).
The name says it all. This farm is focused on providing quality meats served up as they are or as ready to eat selections.
Ready to Eat
If old-fashion, traditional food is what you seek, then grab a sandwich from Beantown. The 1800s would be proud.
Sound familiar? Bon Me started out as a Vietnamese food truck, and now has their own stand in the Boston Public Market. Tracking the truck can be exhausting, so stop by their permanent location.
BSF takes their sustainably harvested fish and turns it into flavor-packed dishes, like cajun salmon sliders and fish tacos.
Inna’s serves up hearty, soul-filled Jewish-style dishes, but also offers foods with Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and Mediterranean flares as well. They have something for everyone.
Hand-pulled noodles are what make ramen what it is. The folks at Noodle Lab don’t skimp on any details in their preparation.
(Note that some produce options vary based on the season)
This farm is a little untraditional, but no less sustainable. By using recycled shipping containers as their farmland, they grow leafy greens all year round.
Fruits, vegetables, cheese, jams, and salsas are some of the organic products served up from this Vermont based vendor.
Farmer Joe offers customers 30 organic products hand-picked right from the farm.
This stand serves apples in every possible way. Apple cider, apple crisp, apple butter, or as it is. But when you stop by, make sure to try their apple cider donuts.
Anything that grows from the ground can be found at Siena Farms, especially beautiful flowers.
The farmers over at Silverbrook offer more than just produce. Check out their jams and pickles as well.
Stillman’s has a wide variety of products, including fresh greens, peppers, carrots, and pumpkins.
These crafters turn natural, New England stone into functional tableware, from cutting boards to bowls.
The beekeepers at Boston Honey Company find ample ways to use their liquid gold, such as skincare and candles.
This vendor serves a unique but necessary item: Fruit vinegar. Add it to your cocktails and enhance your dinner with this burst of freshness.
Pasta is the easiest and most versatile ingredient there is, and the crafters at Nella Pasta add special flares to this simple component. Indulge in some Sriracha casarecce and ancient grain orecchiette.
Peterman’s doesn’t sell just any wooden appliances; they’re wooden appliances made from discarded or fallen local trees. Start up some dinner party conversation by explaining the history of your serving tray.
This store serves nuts of every possible combination and flavor. Six different types of nuts made in a variety of three different tastes – sweet, savory, and spicy.
Although this stand is very small, they offer a huge selection of herbs, tea blends, and dry rubs. You can also purchase a refreshing cup of tea to go.
Stow specializes in 50 varieties of flowers, each one more vibrant and fragrant than the next.
This vendor sells gourmet sweet treats, from marshmallows to chocolate caramels. Each delectable was inspired by the campfire favorite loved by all – s’mores.
Taza brings chocolate to the next level by treating it the way it deserves to be treated. They serve up stone ground organic chocolate which is incorporated in items from drinks to candy bars.