For Immediate Release - August 23, 2011

Public Market Commission's Farms Subcommittee Meets in New Braintree Wednesday

Media Advisory

What:

The Public Market Commission, tasked with defining and stewarding the mission of a public market in downtown Boston, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 24 at 3 p.m. in New Braintree, focused on soliciting feedback from the farming community about the development of the market.

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. Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Scott J. Soares will chair the Commission at this meeting.

During the meeting, farms subcommittee members will outline the goals and responsibilities of the Commission and listen to farmers discuss the challenges and opportunities of a public market in Boston.

The 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 significant construction jobs in the near future and up to 200 permanent jobs when the market opens. For more information about the market, visit
http://www.mass.gov/agr/public-market/index.htm.

Who: DAR Commissioner Scott J. Soares and other Commission members
When: Wednesday August 24, 2011 3 p.m.
Where: Stillman's Farm, 1205 Barre Road (intersection of Barre Cutoff Road and Route 67), New Braintree