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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Boston Public Market Visual Tour - Part 1


The Kitchen entrance


Just in time for Massachusetts Farmers' Market Week, Boston’s local food scene is heating up!

If you didn’t already know, the long-awaited Boston PublicMarket  (BPM) opened July 30th in the building above the Haymarket T station.  The market is run by a non-profit coalition supported by private donors, the city, and the Commonwealth to provide a permanent year-round source for New England food growers and producers.

We at the Boston Food Swap have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the BPM because there are few things we love more than local, fresh food!  I (Lyn) was even more excited because it is located in my general office neighborhood which means that I can go for lunch! My proximity to the market seemed like a perfectly good excuse to give BFS readers who haven’t yet been lucky enough to visit a visual tour of the highlights. I'll post photos and reactions to the market in a series of posts over the next week, but let's start with the basics.

A map of the Boston Public Market
Play area for the kiddos and rest area for grown-ups overwhelmed by local food!
The Market features a recipe wall near the kitchen.
American Stonecraft Food Slab
Handcrafted wooden bowls by Spencer Peterman


The market is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm.  It's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is convenient to most public transportation options but it is literally right above Haymarket Station on the Orange and Green lines.

My first BPM purchase - chia pudding from Mother Juice!

Stay tuned for the next post about the Market's sellers of ingredients for home-cooks. In the meantime, tell us in the comments what impressed you most about the BPM.  Haven't gone yet? Tell us what excites you most about your first trip.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Can-it-Forward Day! Check Out the New Ball Blue Book


It's National Can-It-Forward Day, and over at the Boston Food Swap, we're celebrating by browsing the new Ball Blue Book. The authority on canning and preserving, Ball has been publishing Blue Books since 1909! The new 37th edition is really exciting, with 500+ recipes spanning all kinds of preserving. It goes way beyond strawberry jam and cucumber pickles (though there's recipes for those, too!). 


They start with the basics-- how to can, the equipment you need, and tips for getting it right. Then, your classic fruit preserves, pickles, and tomatoes. Then, it gets interesting for your more adventurous canner-- you got your tips on pressure canning (for low-acid foods).


We're especially loving the "Something Extra" chapter, where you'll find out-of-the-box recipes that'll surely impress at a food swap, like Champagne Blush Jelly, Hot Rhubarb Grilling Sauce, Maple Walnut Syrup, and Blueberry Basil Vinegar.

There's also sections on freezer preserving and dehydrating, things we don't often expect from Ball. It's also awesome that they included a Meal Creations chapter, so you can use the delicious things you make to feed yourself and others.

Have you checked out the latest Blue Book? Are you canning today?

Boston Food Swap is a community organization funded entirely by donation. Support us through Paypal or BFS merchandise, and by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. If you enjoyed this blog post, please share it!  Also, you can join us at our next swap by checking out our Eventbrite page