I am forwarding along the message below from Mimi Hall, operations manager at the Boston Public Market. This could be a great opportunity for some Vermont producers to market their products in a highly trafficked Boston location.
Chelsea Bardot Lewis
Agricultural Policy Administrator
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620
The Boston Public Market has taken a significant step forward. Local farmers will soon be able to sell their products at a year-round indoor market in a 28,000 square food space in Downtown Boston, and will become a cornerstone of the proposed Market District. The Boston Public Market Association closed 2013 having made great strides with fundraising, leasing and design.
To date, the organization has raised $8 million in private and state funds and continues its fundraising efforts to complete planning, design, and construction of the Market. The board of the Boston Public Market just approved an 85-year lease on the site, a critical move towards beginning construction, and the organization has contracted Architerra, a local architectural firm, and design plans for the interior market space are almost complete.
Once open, the Market will house over 40 permanent vendors including regional farmers, fisherman, ranchers, winemakers, and more. The Market will sell everything from meat and cheese to produce and flowers and recruitment for vendors is ongoing. Construction on the site is set to begin this summer in order for the Market to open in Spring of 2015. Beginning in May, over 20 vendors will begin selling their products at a new seasonal farmers market the plaza along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and will continue through November. This is just a small taste of what’s to come next year.
Vendors seeking more information on participating in the permanent market can join our growing list of interested vendors by visiting: http://bostonpublicmarket.org/#vendor
Those interested in the 2014 seasonal markets can reach us by visiting: http://bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal_markets.php