Mark your calendars! We're getting one step closer to the reality of a year-round public market in Boston!
Remember the Dewey Square gathering in 2009 and Hizzoner Menino cutting a flower and vegetable garden with various dignitaries and promising our Public Market (again, still).
This is the site of our future public market: 136 Blackstone Street, also known as Parcel 7, in the Haymarket section of Boston. The ground floor of this building, excluding sections already used as the Haymarket T Station and parking lot, have been designated for use as a public market. The building is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
Whether you're a vendor who wants to participate or a consumer hungry for fresh, local food, please come to one these meetings and make your voices heard! There are two meetings, one for vendors and one for community. Please click on the link for more info.
According to the site, the MDAR has contracted w/a New York firm specializing in non-profit planning and design projects (no one in Mass could have done this job?) and the purpose of the meeting is to:
"... learn, exchange information and provide input for a year- round public market in Boston. All great public markets are a reflection of their local people, products and personality. Presenters from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) will provide an overview of the project and listen to your ideas about how to make it succeed."
See you there!
Please feel free to drop your comments here - what would you most like to see at the market? What criteria should the Common wealth use for selecting vendors? What are your concerns? Maybe we can all go grab a drink after the meeting? Let me know if you're coming!