It took about 15 years to get to this day, but Boston Public Market finally celebrates its grand opening today at 100 Hanover St. (by Haymarket). While Eater typically doesn't cover farmers markets, this year-round, indoor, massive market full of hyperlocal vendors goes a few big steps beyond simply being a farmers market, entering into the realm of the food halls that are popping up nationwide. Should you want to go for a meal, not just shopping, there's a little bit of seating inside and plenty of prepared foods to consume right away. Or, weather-permitting, why not head to the nearby Greenway for a picnic?
Here are details on the vast array of prepared food and drink items that you'll find nestled amongst the produce, meats, seafood, and other New England bounty:
- Hot pastrami sandwiches (plus corned beef and roasted turkey sandwiches and appropriate sides) from Gloucester-based Beantown Pastrami Company.
- Vietnamese-inspired rice bowls, noodle salads, and sandwiches from growing chain Bon Me, which includes an ever-increasing number of brick-and-mortar locations and food trucks in the Boston area. They'll also be introducing breakfast to their repertoire at the new space in the Market.
- Ice cream from Crescent Ridge in Sharon. Established over 80 years ago, the dairy farm describes its ice cream as "truly, unbelievably, insanely delicious." The author of this piece grew up around the corner from Crescent Ridge and can wholeheartedly confirm this description.
- Coffee and espresso drinks from George Howell Coffee. Howell knows his stuff; in the '90s, he sold his 24-store chain, The Coffee Connection, to Starbucks. (Update: As of Friday, 7/31, George Howell was not yet open for business.)
- Knishes, matzoh ball soup, falafel, and more from Inna's Kitchen, a cozy Newton restaurant that specializes in Jewish and Eastern European classics. There may even be some tomatillo shakshuka.
- French-style bread and pastries from Mamadou's Artisan Bakery, an eight-year-old business based in Winchester.
- Cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and vegetarian snacks from Mother Juice, a food truck that became a brick-and-mortar in Kendall Square.
- Ramen and hand-pulled Shanghai-style noodles from Noodle Lab.
- Roasted nuts from Somerville-based Q's Nuts.
- Mini cider doughnuts, a fall New England essential, from Red Apple Farm.
- Lobster rolls and other "classic New England" prepared lunches and dinners from Red's Best. (But their opening is a little bit delayed; they're currently shooting for August 5.)
- Marshmallows, caramels, candy bars, and more from Sweet Lydia's, a Lowell-based candy company.
- Chocolate bars and chocolate drinks from Somerville-based Taza Chocolate. (Update: As of Friday, 7/31, Taza was not yet open for business.)
- Doughnuts of all kinds from Somerville-based Union Square Donuts.
- Panini from Amesbury-based Wolf Meadow Farm, which also sells cheese.
- Grilled cheese and mac & cheese from Jasper Hill Farm, which also sells cheese.
Market visitors will also find beer, spirits, and cider from Hopsters Alley; wine and cider from Massachusetts Farm Winery and Growers; fruit vinegars from Mangé; and a variety of other products.
Boston Public Market is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and it's located steps from the Haymarket T station. While the vendors above have signed leases for at least a year, keep an eye out for a few less permanent vendors that will rotate in for weekly or monthly stints as well. Plus, a space called Kitchen will play host to cooking demonstrations, exercise classes, and lots more events.