Welcome to Boston’s new foodie paradise, Boston Public Market.
The permanent, year-round Market opened in July of 2015 with almost 40 different local vendors, making it the go-to place to satisfy any and all of your cravings. With everything from ice cream to pasta to fresh seafood, this is one place where you really can have it all.
One step into the Market and we were overwhelmed.
The smell of warm cider doughnuts accosted us as we walked in, followed by the bright colors of familiar farm stands. But what really gave this place its vibrancy was the massive hungry crowd buzzing around the market; the heartbeat of the beast.
After collecting ourselves from this sensory overload, we jumped right in.
The first joint we hit was Wolf Meadow Farm from Amesbury, MA – a cute little stand specializing in cheese and all things Italian. Their special that day was a mozzarella and prosciutto panino with fresh tomatoes. It came hot off the grill and into our hands – melty, cheesy, and absolutely delicious. Next time, we are going to scope out their cheese stock.
Nella Pasta, an authentically Italian pasta company based out of Quincy, MA, is THE place for all your pasta needs. Their special of the day, an orecchiete pasta salad, was fresh and delicious. With fresh summer veggies, olives, and a generous amount of feta, this one hit the spot. Not only does Nella make their own fresh pasta on location, they also prepare some dishes for you to take home and heat up for dinner. Pasta lovers, rejoice!
Beyond the food utopia, Boston Public Market is a great place to shop for kitchen items. One vendor carries beautiful wooden bowls while another sells stonecraft coasters and food slabs. If you’re looking for a gift for your foodie friend, try looking here – you might find something for yourself, too.
For those of you familiar with Boston Honey Company from Holliston, MA, you’ll understand how giddy we were to see their little shop. They have several artisanal honey options to feed your sweet tooth, and you can taste-test to compare the flavors side by side. Grab a jar for your next cup of tea before cold season approaches, and thank us later.
Did we mention that food lovers can start a cookbook-swapping love affair right in the market?
And for those of you who were worried about beverage options, they’ve got a beer selection that is nothing short of amazing. All the staff were incredibly friendly and quick to answer our questions.
Siena Farms was a friendly face among all the vendors – we love going to their stand at the farmers’ market when the weather is being kind. This vibrant corner is similar to their brick and mortar store in the South End, but definitely opened to a larger audience.
The Taza Chocolate stand got us understandably excited. This local Somerville company knows their stuff, and one look at the vats of chocolate ready to scoop into drinks and we knew we’d be getting our chocolate fix from them.
Taza’s iced dark chocolate was out of this world. Unlike the iced chocolate drinks we’ve tried from other local cafes, Taza’s bold and pure chocolate flavor was not mellowed out in the least, and every slurp was as rich and strong as the last. With substitutions like almond or soy milk, and add-ins like chili, raspberry, or almond butter, this drink has made our “favorites” list. (You can also top your hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows from Sweet Lydia’s, the nearby confection stand. Winter, bring it on.)
When it’s sweater weather, it’s also cider doughnut weather. If you’re too lazy to go apple picking just to get a fresh batch, go to the Red Apple Farm stand based out of Phillipston, MA. You get to see the whole process from frying the dough to the magical sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. We’re drooling just thinking about it.
If you’re not into apple cider doughnuts (then yes, we’re judging you), you can also find Somerville’s famous Union Square Donuts on the other side of the Market. Maple Bacon season is here!
Boston Public Market is conveniently located behind the Haymarket station. Check out their website for hours and a full list of their vendors. Go for the local eats, leave with a happy belly.