- What is the public market?
- Where is the market located?
- Who runs the market?
- How was the project financed?
- When did the market open?
- What is the history of the public market project?
What is the public market?
The Boston Public Market is a year-round market that showcases the best of Massachusetts agriculture and foods. It houses a variety of the region’s finest agricultural products in more than 25,000 square feet of indoor space. Featuring fresh produce, dairy, meats, seafood, specialty foods, flowers and more, the market has become a destination for quality, local products. Additionally, the market offers extensive year-round community programming and educational events.
The market site is located on the first floor of 100 Hanover Street, adjacent the Haymarket T stop. Also known as Parcel 7, the site is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), which made the site available for the market.
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources hired a private consultant, the Project for Public Spaces, to help propose a governing structure and a daily operational structure for the market. A formal process was then launched by the state to identify the appropriate management team. The Boston Public Market Association (BPMA) was selected. The BPMA is a not for profit, 501 (c)(3).
The Boston Public Market is a public-private partnership which included $6.5 million in support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the commitment of over $9 million in private philanthropy.
The Market opened on July 30th, 2015.
What is the history of the public market project?
As far back as 1996, a group of food enthusiasts, chefs, city and state officials, farmers and other members of the agricultural community envisioned a year-round public market in downtown Boston. In 2001, this group went on to form an organization (now the Boston Public Market Association, or BPMA) that became a passionate advocate for a public market. A variety of public and private agencies worked together to bring the vision to reality, including the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, MassDOT, the City of Boston and the BPMA. In July of 2015, the market opened and it promises to be a culinary and agricultural landmark for Boston and the Commonwealth for generations to come.