Anybody headed to Quincy Market may be disappointed to find a glorified mall food court instead of a thriving collection of local produce vendors. Thankfully, Boston’s Mayor Walsh helped set up the new Boston Public Market to give tourists and locals alike somewhere to celebrate the best of local foods.
Loosely modelled on Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the Boston Public Market has quickly become a local favourite by housing almost 40 vendors and a vibrant, diverse community of New England growers and makers. It’s easier to list what can’t be found at the Public Market rather than what can, but farm fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, and baked goods are the stars of the show. You can’t forget about the live bee habitat, and if you’re in the market for an expensive artisan wooden bowl, as my dad apparently was, they also have them!
Big New England names like Taza Chocolate, Sienna Farms, and Union Square Donuts pull people in at such rates that the market recently went from being open five days a week to seven days a week. That means you can gawk at live lobsters, browse an overwhelmingly stocked alcohol section, and sample as many samples as you can handle every day of the week.