Boston Public Market in a Nutshell
It is now officially open (as of July 31st)!
Main Entrance: 100 Hanover St Boston, MA
Hours: Wed-Sun 8 am to 8 pm
Boston Public Market Tips
- Go during less busy hours with little ones. The space is a reasonable size, however, when crowded it becomes quite congested and sensory kiddos could easily get overwhelmed. It could also be difficult to maneuver a stroller during busier hours judging by the widths of some of the aisles.
- Keep an eye on little ones as Boston Public Market is located right next to a very busy area and doors leading out open up to the sidewalk next to those busy streets.
- Check parking rates ahead of time if you plan to drive in. Some garages are slightly cheaper than others–some will eventually offer validation. Keep in mind, some of the cheaper garages tend to have some of the lower ratings on Yelp and Google. We tend to prefer Government Center Garage because the spaces are a decent size, there’s always free spots and it’s central to a lot.
- Watch Boston Public Market’s site for updates on parking validation as I was informed it should eventually be offered. My understanding is that details will be similar to those offered at some garages to those visiting the North End.
- Save on parking by visiting at night or on the weekends as most local garages offer discounted rates after 5 pm and on the weekends.
- Bring cold packs and insulated shopping bags during warmer months if planning to purchase meats and dairy.
- If you have an allergy to wheat, Q’s Nuts and a few other vendors offer gluten-free prepared foods. We were a bit bummed to see there was no gluten-free baker, but a few vendors offer gluten-free items that you can eat right there.
- Bathrooms are available at either end of the space, making them convenient to get to.
- Water fountains near the bathrooms have water bottle fill-up stations. While these weren’t working when we were there, I’d assume they’ll be up and running asap.
- Vendor products will change with the seasons for many vendors! Since everything is local, many of the goods offered by vendors will change with the seasons. While some are able to work ahead of time to ensure they have fresh produce and whatnot throughout the non-growing seasons, you’ll no doubt see a fun shift in what becomes available as the weather grows cooler in a couple months. We are particularly excited to see what fun stuff becomes available during the holidays!
Getting to Boston Public Market
Boston Public Market Visual Walk-Through
|The end of Boston Public Market that faces Government Center Garage is actually the Kitchen, which we’ll discuss more below. The main entrance is down on the other end around the corner from the T sign you see on the right.|
|This is the inner main entrance of Boston Public Market. To the immediate left is Red Apple Farm and down to the far left is the Kitchen at the end.|
|To the immediate right of the entrance is Harlow’s Vermont Farm Stand.|
|From the main entrance you can get to the Kitchen by heading straight back to the rear end of the building (the side nearest to Government Center Garage).|
|Mamadou’s offers an impressive selection of fresh breads. I didn’t see any gluten-free options.|
|Wolf Meadow Farm offers a wealth of fresh cheeses.|
|The lovely lady there with the tray of ricotta samples was kind enough to share her enthusiasm for the cheeses they make with us. Definitely stop here if you like cheese!|
|Stillman’s Plants offered one of the largest varieties of fresh produce out of the vendors.|
|All of their produce looked really great!|
|As we mentioned above, next to the kids area is another set of restrooms and the entrance to the Kitchen at Boston Public Market.|
|The Kitchen at Boston Public Market will be a multi-purpose space where individuals and even families with children can take classes, host events or eventually attend yoga and running clinics!
1/3 of classes will be free and of the demonstration persuasion, 1/3 will be in the lower range of $5-20 and include demonstrations and films and 1/3 will will be full price around $25-85 and include demonstrations and meal creation. Some will require registration ahead of time (the paid ones and some of the free ones). The calendar on Boston Public Market’s website will be updated periodically with classes.
|These cooking stations are mobile and can be moved around for events, cookbook signings and for the upcoming yoga classes and running groups REI will be holding through Boston Public Market.|
|As you can see, they are very enthusiastic in the Kitchen about the programs they’re developing!|
|One of the nicest aspects of the Kitchen is that it has an entire wall of floor to ceiling windows that let in lots of light! You can do some serious people watching while you cook.|
|Stillman Quality Meats is one of the fresh meat vendors at Boston Public Market, which can be found on the end of what is an aisle of meat vendors near the Hub.|
|Beantown Pastrami Co. wasn’t one of the vendors we stopped to speak with but they looked as though they offered some really delicious deli items.|
|Mother Juice, as you may suspect, offers fresh juices, smoothies and salads made with a variety of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, etc.|
|What started off as a food truck in Texas, has eventually evolved into a Boston Public Market shop that offers an impressive list of juices, smoothies and salads.|
|These two lovely ladies are the co-owners, who were super sweet and very willing to speak with us about their shared passion for fresh, raw ingredients.|
|Sweet Lydia’s Confections is a delicious shop that offers handmade marshmallows galore! We grabbed a variety pack of marshmallows because they looked so tasty.|
|Inna’s Kitchen is a mother-son operation that offers authentic Jewish cuisine.|
|What they were offering that day at Inna’s Kitchen.|
|This is part of Boston Public Market’s Cookbook Exchange program! Leave a cookbook, take a cookbook. Those who wish to do so can leave their favorite recipes and cookbooks and in exchange, get the opportunity to try someone else’s favorite!|
|If you’d like, you can always simply donate your favorite. There’s always room for more!|
|Jasper Hill Farm offered some pretty delicious looking cheeses and prepared grilled cheeses, mac ‘n cheese, etc. All the cheese in all the most delicious comfort foods you could want!|
|If you love cheese, this is definitely another worthwhile stop!|
|This was super amusing to us as we’re from towns that neighbor the original Stow Greenhouses! Really lovely variety of flowers if you’re looking for some pretty bouquets.|
|Easily one of the neatest vendors to visit, Boston Honey Company offers a fabulous variety of honeys, beeswax products and even has a live hive on-site!|
|We had a lovely chat with this guy from Boston Honey Company who explained all about their observation hive to his left! Those bees are able to fly out into the surrounding areas and then return to their hive. Super cool!|
|More info on the hive.|
|Nella Pasta offers a wide variety of freshly made pastas! I didn’t see any gluten-free options, but what they did have looked amazing. Please start making almond-based pasta, Nella!|
|Don’t these look amazing?|
|It’s clear she loves her job!|
|In addition to ready-to-cook pasta Nella Pasta offered some delicious looking sauce.|
|The Greenway is next to Boston Public Market and the RMV is in the same building as well.|
|Q’s Nuts is one of the vendors that offers gluten-free, vegan goodies. They’re definitely worth a try!|
|If you have ever loved those delicious nut vendors on the side of the roads, at fairs, ski resorts, etc. then you have to stop here! The owner is absolutely fantastic and the variety of nuts is amazing–everything from sweet to spicy.|
|The owner of Q’s Nuts offered to allow us to sample quite a few different nuts. These were my favorite, which I purchased after tasting. They are so good!|
|In addition to prepackaged bags in several sizes, Q’s Nuts also offers some in bulk.|
|We thought their prices were super reasonable on the prepackaged bags! Don’t forget, these are gluten-free and vegan.|
|Prices on the bulk nuts were great as well.|
|Taza Chocolate Bar is another must-see spot if you don’t eat gluten … or just love chocolate! Their chocolates are absolutely amazing and they’ll be offering hot and cold drinking chocolate with milk, almond and I believe soy bases. Yum!|
|Red Apple Farm is based in Phillipston, though they now have a home in Boston Public Market as well where they offer cider, sparkling cider, fresh fruits, cider donuts, apple crisp, fudge and more!|
|Anytime we see fudge we feel compelled to try it–for you of course!|
|They had so many flavors!|
|Their fruits looked absolutely beautiful and prices were good.|
|If you’re not from an area where fresh cider donuts are available … get yourself here NOW! No gluten-free donuts, but for anyone unconcerned with wheat, these are a must.|
Boston Public Market Final Thoughts
Boston Public Market Haul & Fudge Tasting
The boys enjoyed visiting Boston Public Market with us and wanted to do a mini haul of a few things we got there along with taste-testing 6 different fudges made by Red Apple Farm! Check it out…