What is the public market? 

The year-round market will be an opportunity to showcase the best of Massachusetts agriculture. It will house 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 will be a destination for quality, local products. Additionally, the market will offer extensive year-round community programming, educational events, and entertainment.

Where is the market located? 

The market site is located on the first floor of 136 Blackstone 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. Click here for a conceptual market layout.

Who will run the market? 

Currently, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has hired a private consultant, the Project for Public Spaces, to help propose a governing structure and a daily operational structure for the market. Results of this study will be available in spring 2011 and the state will then launch a formal process to identify the appropriate management team.

How will the project be financed? 

The Department of Agricultural Resources has tasked a private consultant, the Project for Public Spaces, with developing a financing plan for the state that will include a combination of public and private funding sources.

When will the market open? 

While the market is still in the early phases of development, the Department of Agricultural Resources is targeting an opening as soon as 2012.

What is the history of the public market project? 

People have been talking about a public market in Boston for decades. In 2001, 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. This group went on to form an organization (now the Boston Public Market Association, or BPMA) that has been a passionate advocate for a public market. Now, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, MassDOT, the City of Boston, the BPMA, and other interested parties are working together to make this vision a reality – one that promises to be a culinary and agricultural landmark for Boston and the Commonwealth for generations to come.

How does the proposed public market affect the Haymarket vendors? 

Haymarket, the open air market held every Friday and Saturday near the proposed public market site, is a rich part of Boston’s history and tradition. State and city officials, Haymarket vendors and consumers communicate regularly to find long-term solutions to benefit the public market and the Haymarket. Ultimately, the public market will complement the Haymarket, not compete against it.

How many jobs will the public market create? 

The Project for Public Spaces estimates the completed market will create 200 jobs, including vendors and their staff, security, full-time market management, janitorial staff and others. Additionally, the project will create dozens of construction jobs during the construction phase.