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40 Court Street, Suite 1150
Boston, Ma. 02108

For Immediate Release

Contact: Howard Leibowitz


An exciting new waterfront market opened July 7th at the Old Northern Avenue Bridge off Atlantic Avenue. Fresh local produce and specialty products will be offered every Monday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. A project of the Boston Public Market Association and hosted by the City of Boston, the marketplace is viewed as a first step toward the establishment of a permanent year round public market for Greater Boston. Cooperating in the enterprise is the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers' Markets.

The historic steel framed bridge, a gateway to the glorious Boston harbor, will offer a unique setting for the colorful display of products from local Massachusetts farms. The unique structure was built to provide access to the rapidly expanding Boston waterfront and is a reminder of the city's maritime history. It is the only operable and unaltered swing bridge of its kind. Fresh food markets are operated on various bridges in Europe, most notably in Venice, according to market organizers who also note that fresh New England seafood is offered nearby at various commercial firms and at several popular restaurants.

Shoppers at the market will discover an outstanding array of products including farm fresh vegetables and fruit in season from Atlas Farm in South Deerfield; Brox Farm, Dracut; Coy Brook Farm, West Brookfield; Hamilton Orchards, New Salem; Keown Orchards, Sutton. Also Nourse Farm, Westboro; Stillman Greenhouse and Farmstand, Lunenberg; The Farm School, Athol.

Asian vegetables will be fresh from nearby Hmong growers Sheng Lor of Bolton and Song Yang of Fitchburg. An unusual assortment of fresh herbs, herbal honeys and farm baked goods will be displayed by The Herb Lyceum of Groton.

Crystal Brook Dairy of Sterling will present a variety of goat cheese products and Smiling Hill Farm of Maine will bring milk, cheeses, butter and ice cream to the table. River Rock Farm of Brimfield will be featuring grass-fed Angus beef free of hormones and antibiotics.

Bakery products galore will be produced each week by Berkshire Mountain Bakery of Housatonic; Breadsong Bakery, Auburndale; and Iggy's Bread of Cambridge. Pastries from Dessert Crafters of Newton will be another sweet offering along with "Her Mitts" from Plymouth.

Spice blends and specialty sugars will be a feature of The Spice Genie of Boston and for those who require or desire pre-prepared meals, Well, Well, Well, Inc. of Cambridge will be offering frozen gourmet dinners to go.

Recently appointed executive director of the Boston Public Market Association is Howard Leibowitz of Jamaica Plain. Chairman of the twenty member board of directors of the association is Gregory Bialecki of Newton. The Federation of Massachusetts Farmers' Markets is under the direction of Jeff Cole of Sutton, Mass.


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