Bostonians take pride in all things local (just take a look at our sports fans). But just as tight knit and equally as passionate is the food scene that's emerged over the last decade. With the countless regional farms, dairies, butchers, and fisheries, it seemed inevitable that there'd be a single location to celebrate it all and, in mid-2015, the Boston Public Market opened in Haymarket Square.
And it's noteworthy: it's the only year-round, locally-sourced market in the United States and each of the 35+ vendors originate from New England. While most merchants hail from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont are also well represented. And you can pretty much get anything you might need, from cheeses to produce, to stoneground chocolate and fresh pasta (produced on site, nonetheless).
A place that outstanding deserves to be celebrated (and photographed) — and, the next time you're in Boston, be sure to check it out in person.
Fresh fruit and vegetables aplenty.
It's expected that a market would have produce, but at the Public Market you have options. Some are more general vendors, like Silverbrook Farm and Stillman's Farm, where you can get your greens, roots, and tomatoes, but if you're looking for something specific, like apples, there's Red Apple Farm (which also sells cider donuts).
Right off the boat.
This being New England, there's no shortage of fresh seafood. One of the largest vendor's at the Market, Red's Best sells fillets and shellfish and has a full raw bar and sushi and for lunch they serve lobster rolls and other signature regional dishes.
Get your carbs on.
Of course, now you have to do something with that beautiful produce you purchased and Nella Pasta makes the decision easy with a variety of fresh extruded pasta in all shapes, sizes, and flavors.
Cheese to Nuts.
A full meal can be easily be assembled as you go from vendor to vendor. And, to start things off, there are a ton of options for cheese and bread. The Cellar at Jasper Hill is one of the area's premiere cheese producers (they've won a number of accolades) and just around the corner is Q's Nuts where othere's a slew of roasted and flavored nuts. Of course, bread is a must, and that's where Mamadou's comes into play (all are amazing, but be sure to get your hands on the cranberry fennel or cranberry pecan if they have it).
Impossible to resist.
One of the first things you'll experience as you walk into the building is the smell of warm cider donuts from Red Apple Farm. You'll try to refrain, but, believe me, resistance is futile.
There are so many great vendors at the Boston Public Market that I just couldn't fit them all in one story (and I thought it worth saving a few surprises for when you visit someday). Head on over to their website for a full list.
All photos by Brian Samuels. Follow him on Instagram at @myfoodthoughts