For Immediate Release - August 09, 2011

Newly Created Public Market Commission Holds First Meeting On Public Market in Boston

BOSTON - Tuesday, August 9, 2010 - Chaired by Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Scott Soares, the Public Market Commission held its first meeting today at the site of the market's future home to continue the work of planning and implementing a public market in Boston.

During the meeting, Commission members outlined their goals and responsibilities, which include defining the market's mission, selecting the best qualified market operator, and ensuring the long-term financial health of the market. The Commission plans to host a series of public meetings over the next several weeks to give the community, Haymarket vendors, farmers, and fishing and specialty food industry representatives an opportunity to share their ideas and ask questions about the market's development.

"Now we can roll up our sleeves and get to work on this important community development, which will provide our farmers and food producers with a new venue for their goods and give the public a new destination for fresh, locally-grown products," said Commissioner Soares. "We're looking forward to hearing more from the public about the market and what should be in it, what it should look like and how it should be managed. We're counting on the community's continued enthusiasm as this exciting project moves closer to reality."

The Public Market Commission, created by Executive Order 535 pdf format of ExecutiveOrder535.pdf
signed by Governor Deval Patrick on August 5, 2011, is tasked with defining and stewarding the mission of a public market in downtown Boston. The Commission is comprised of nine members with demonstrated interest, experience or expertise in the production and sale of fresh local foods, plants, and seafood; real estate development; and/or community planning.

Once established, this public market will showcase a variety of the region's finest local produce, dairy, meats, seafood, specialty foods and beverages, flowers and more. The project is expected to create dozens of construction jobs in the near future and up to 200 permanent jobs when the market opens as early as next year.

Commission members are as follows:

  • Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) Commissioner Carole Cornelison
  • Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin
  • Deputy Director of Real Estate and Asset Development Bill Tuttle
  • Nancy Caruso, North End resident (Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's designee)
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority Planner, Lauren Shurtleff
  • Executive Director of the Rose M. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Nancy Brennan
  • Senator Anthony Petruccelli
  • Representative Gailanne Cariddi

DAR logo DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of local agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Development, Animal Health, Crop and Pest Services, and Technical Assistance - the DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the Commonwealth's agricultural community, working to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture's role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR's website at www.mass.gov/agr , and/or follow at twitter.com/MDARCommish

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. For more information, visit MassDEP's website at www.mass.gov/dep and/or follow at twitter.com/massdep.

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