A First-Of-Its-Kind Market

In 2014, a coalition of public, private and corporate partners, including the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, broke ground on the Boston Public Market, a 28,000-square foot permanent, year-round indoor market providing only locally-sourced food to the public, the first of its kind in the country. This is big news in rapidly-growing Boston, where the demand for access to fresh, local produce is high.

The Conservation Fund lent a hand by providing the Boston Public Market Association, the nonprofit that will operate the market, with a $3 million loan from our Land Conservation Loans program. By supporting the market, we are supporting farmers and small green businesses, which fits our mission to blend economic vitality with environmental sustainability.

“The Conservation Fund’s commitment to protecting agricultural land is unmatched, and they’ve worked for years to conserve farmland in Massachusetts. The Fund’s commitment to inventive, business-minded environmentalism was particularly important to us. We saw them as a critical partner in our mission to support local farmers and connect all residents of Boston with the agricultural bounty our region has to offer.”

—Elizabeth Morningstar, Chief Executive Officer of Boston Public Market

Why This Project Matters

With the grand opening in July, 2015, the market connects farmers, fisherman, specialty food producers and artisans with consumers from all walks of life and transforms the food district near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and historic Haymarket Square. Beyond just buying and selling food, the market helps the public understand where their food comes from, and the benefits it has on their health and the environment.

To date, the Land Conservation Loans program has invested over $20 million in loans to Massachusetts land trusts to protect farmland across the Commonwealth. A loan to Boston Public Market is an investment to make sure farmers are able to have direct access to markets, making farming more viable and conservation of farmland more enduring.   

Learn more

Face Of This Place: Ole Amundsen
News Article: A First Look Inside Boston Public Market, A Local Food Hub Opening Thursday (BostInno)
News Article: Boston Public Market construction to begin
(Boston Globe)
News Article: Boston Public Market Finally Breaks Ground (Boston Magazine)