One of my favorite places to go in Boston is the Public Market. You will find me there every weekend browsing the bounty of each stand. They have such an array of vendors you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here’s just a taste of what you can find!
Stillmans Farm – located in New Braintree all their produce is non-GMO, seasonal and local and grown using family practices passed down from generations of farmers. They are dedicated to the land they grown on and as a result their soil is much more nutrient rich than conventional growers. This results in less fertilizer use and healthier (tastier!) produce.
Sienna Farm – a family farm in Concord, their produce is free of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. They focus on soil health to promote the flavors and health benefits of their produce.
- My Recommendation: Look for Cauldron sauerkraut, though I make my own these ladies make the BEST Black and White (peppered) kraut.
Red’s Best – a Boston based seafood wholesaler that aggregates from small, community-based fishing boats. I love getting my fish from here because I know it was caught just miles from me. I can count on the fact that it’s fresh and local. Supporting community fisherman is a bonus! Did you know that mass caught fish bound for the standard grocery store often gets mislabeled? So that cod that you think you’re eating might actually not be cod at all. That won’t happen here.
- My Tip: Walk up and see what the catch of the day is. Sometimes it’s not a fish you would normally buy (or have ever heard of) but it’s a great excuse to try something new. It’s the freshest fish you’ll find (caught that morning) and it will normally be the cheapest option!
Chestnut Farms – is a farm located in Gilbertville who is focused on raising healthy animals and preserving the land. They utilize a rotational grazing method which includes moving chicken buses, not using the same pig pasture two years in a row and soil testing process prior to amending the fields. This is how farms used to operate before big agriculture took over because it saves the land to be farmed over and over again. The livestock eats hay (dried pasture), nuts, bugs and worms, NOT grains, soy and corn like conventional livestock. By moving away from the foods that animals are designed to eat they become sick. Like the age old saying, “You are what you eat”, so choose animals that are healthy and you will be too.
- My Recommendation: Duck eggs, knuckle bones for bone broth, chicken livers
There are SO many other vendors, these are just the ones I hit up routinely. Make sure to check them out for yourself.
Some other fun new from the market:
Summer Fridays Sip & Shop – Every Friday from 3-7pm the BPM bar will be serving local wine and beer to enjoy as you shop or dine throughout the Market. Just another excellent reason to visit!
Cooking Classes – So you’ve walked through the market and fell in love with all the fresh produce but don’t know what to do with it…. The Kitchen at the BPM is here to help! They offer hands on group cooking classes sponsored by the vendors to teach you recipes utilizing the products found throughout the market. Have a favorite restaurant in Boston? They also pair up with Boston chefs to treat you to an in depth insider look at these chef’s specialties. You get treated with a full dinner and possible local wine pairing. Sign me up! Check out their Event Bright page for upcoming events.
Okay I’ve fan girled long enough. You get the point, the market is awesome and you should check it out. Supporting local never tasted so good! Make sure to leave a comment if you have questions or any recommendations for other vendors to try. I would love to hear from you!