Boston - we are one step closer to becoming a real, world-class city with a year-round public market. Access to fresh, local food year-round should not be out of reach when we have such agricultural riches in Massachusetts. A year-round market is good for public health, for community, for revenue. At this 2009 public market meeting, Hizzoner the May-ah and the AG Commissioner Soares noted the millions of dollars in revenue from the current summer-only Farmer's Markets.
Now, can we get past the ceremonial silliness and get this Boston Public Market going already?
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) [note: if you cannot come please click on the link and click on MDAR's site "Please get involved" link to share your thoughts!] has contracted with Project for Public Spaces to examine, document and report on conditions and opportunities associated with the development of a year round public market in Boston, and as a part of that effort broad input will be critical to define a successful market. Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a New York-based non-profit planning and design organization (because no one in Mass. needed this work and was qualified?!), which for over 25 years has provided assistance to public market projects in more than 200 cities and towns in both the U.S. and internationally.
Soon enough we'll have these to munch on.
Boston Public Market Community Workshop
Date: Wednesday, February 23rd, 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Location: Saltonstall Building, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Rooms B, C, D (near the Bowdoin Street and Government Center T stations)
Bring Your Ideas For:
--Products and vendors
--Programs and events for the market
--Market layout and merchandising
Farmer's Markets make everyone happy!
Come and make your voice heard!! Click on the MDAR link for more info and for info about tomorrow night's vendor meeting.