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Boston Public Market Insider Tour A look at boston's indoor farmers' market courtesy of hubweek 2017

Boston Public Market was a labor of love. The market took 14 years of advocating and campaigning on behalf of the Boston Public Market Association, a group of foodies, food producers, and city officials, before the state and city settled on the market's location—above the MBTA's Haymarket station.

Opened in 2015, Boston Public Market houses 40 permanent vendors that feature foods and goods from the New England area. There are also rotating pop-up vendors that add extra flair every once in a while. You can get a pound of roasted cashews at one stall and decorative wood art from the stall over. The market offers free guided tours on a case by case basis, but as part of HUBweek 2017, the market offered a tour for anyone interested. Tour guide Sandy Sizer has been giving tours for two years, and, according to Market Facilities Manager Carrie DeWitt, "is really great at it."

Sandy Sizer leading a tour group of five through Boston Public Market.

Sizer says she is passionate about Boston Public Market because every vendor collaborates with one another. For example, Taza provides the chocolate for George Howell Coffee to make its mochas, and Inna's Kitchen gets its apples from Red Apple Farm.

Sizer asks Alex Khitrik, cofounder of Inna's Kitchen, where he sources the ingredients for his food.
Corner Stalk Farm cofounder Connie Cooney explains the technology behind her urban farm.

Farmers' markets are great in the spring and summer, Sizer says, but when the temperature drops, producers need somewhere to sell their goods. Boston Public Market allows vendors to showcase their products regardless of the weather outside. Connie Cooney, cofounder of Corner Stalk Farm, grows 20 varieties of lettuce in her farm in East Boston. Cooney can grow lettuce year round because she grows the leafy greens in recycled shipping containers. There she can control every aspect of the lettuce's growing environment including carbon dioxide and oxygen levels.

Corner Stalk Farm does not wash its lettuce, which keeps its natural oils intact to maintain its flavor.
A small sample of the beers from Hopsters Alley. They offer beers from all of New England, and adults can register for tastings before they pick up their next favorite brew.

Boston Public Market has produce and prepared foods. This makes it a destination for those looking to buy ingredients to cook with, as well as those who want a bite to eat. At Nella Pasta, shoppers can choose from a variety of fresh pasta. Men and women in business casual clothes stop by to pick up pasta after work. "This is a very popular place at this time of day [7 P.M.]," Sizer says.

An assortment of the pasta you can buy at Nella Pasta.
Herbs are grown in Winchester, MA. Boston Public Market focuses on things made in the New England area.
Boston Public Market participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Boston Public Market Association want to make farm fresh produce available to everyone, regardless of their income.

Sizer says she is in love with the sense of community in the market. Vendors help one another in order to give customers the best possible product. Every morning, Sizer says, the people at Red Apple Farms give their misshapen donuts to the other vendors. It's a small act, but it conveys the familial message that Sizer has mentioned throughout the tour.

Red Apple Farm's spot at Boston Public Market.
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