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On Thursday, July 30th, Governor Charlie Baker spoke at the grand opening of the Boston Public Market in the Haymarket area in Boston. (Photo Credit: Joanne DeCaro)

On Thursday, July 30th, Governor Charlie Baker spoke at the grand opening of the Boston Public Market in the Haymarket area in Boston.

The highly-anticipated Boston Public Market is officially open, providing residents and patrons access to nutritious food at a first of its kind market in the United States. Similar to the iconic year-round Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, the Boston Public Market offers yet another destination in Boston for tourists and residents alike in search of fresh flowers, baked goods, produce and a cultural experience.

According to its website, the mission of the market is “to provide fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income levels, nourish our community, and educate the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation.”

Boston Public Market is open year-round, featuring locally sourced food brought directly from farmers and vendors from across the state and New England. The market houses over 35 vendors selling locally produced items such as farm-fresh produce, meat, eggs, dairy, seafood, and bread.

The Department of Transitional Assistance is proud to partner with the market which accepts SNAP/EBT for all eligible products and provides another venue for our clients to access fresh, nutritious food. Boston Public Market is also a part of the Bounty Bucks program which provides a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10, each time a SNAP client shops at a participating farmers market.

The Boston Public Market also houses a community kitchen and is more than a place to buy fresh food. It also is a civic resource. The Kitchen at the Boston Public Market offers year-round programming that encourages a passion for food and is inclusive of all of the Commonwealth’s residents regardless of economic status. Beginning at the end of August, Project Bread (in partnership with the Trustees of Reservation) will offer two free cooking demonstrations on Thursdays to teach market patrons how to prepare healthy meals on a budget. Each week, Chef Vanessa Labranche will introduce new recipes that feature fresh, healthy foods that can be purchased at the market. Other opportunities to spend some time in The Kitchen include additional cooking demos, lectures, kid-friendly activities, exercise classes, training and community events. Classes are open to all.

The market is located above the Haymarket MBTA station at 100 Hanover Street; and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To view The Kitchen event calendar or to learn more about what Boston Public Market has offer, visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org.

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