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Boston, MA – June 10, 2015 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) is excited to announce opening programming partners in the Boston Public Market KITCHEN and a preview of upcoming classes, workshops, and events to be offered this summer at the anticipated Boston Public Market, scheduled to open in mid-July. A founding partner of the Market and the programming partner, The Trustees has invited a diverse group of culinary, health, and wellness partners for the 3,200 square foot, state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, which will serve as a community teaching, learning, and gathering place. Beginning in mid-August shortly after the Market opening, The Trustees will present a selection of daily programs in the kitchen space designed to highlight culinary experts, traditions, and local food production and inspire healthy eating, creative cooking, and wellness among families and individuals.
“Connecting people to agriculture, local food, and healthy, active living has become a hallmark of the Trustees work and we are pleased to be a part of the Market’s opening by providing this platform for learning and growth,” said Barbara Erickson, Trustees’ President and CEO. “We hope that by participating in these programs, Market patrons and program participants will be able to enhance their health and well being and also gain an appreciation and better understanding for all of the wonderful, local agricultural, cultural and recreational resources available to them here in Boston and around the Commonwealth.”
To date, The Trustees has confirmed several program partners who will offer classes, workshops, and events beginning on August 16, 2015.
America’s Test Kitchen will offer weekly “You Can Cook” classes on the basics to help aspiring cooks become more comfortable in the kitchen. The Boston Children’s Museum is slated to lead a series of workshops that will promote healthy lifestyles for families with children. Project Bread will offer free ‘Cooking on a Budget’ classes. UMASS Amherst will lead lectures and demonstrations about the environmental and health impacts of the food we eat. Community Servings will lead classes on healthy eating for diabetes prevention and management. Let’s Talk About Food and founder Louisa Kasden will get the conversation going on everything from food in schools to food technology, Public Square-style. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) will be holding their 31st annual Tomato Contest at the Market, featuring tomatoes from farms throughout Massachusetts. Boston Ferments will be holding their third annual Boston Fermentation Festival at the market.
This fall, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts came onboard as the Health & Wellness Partner for the market and will offer weekly tastings featuring the best food of the season, as well as seasonal festivals featuring healthy and local foods.
In addition, farmers from The Trustee’s own Appleton Farms, a market vendor and the nation’s longest continually operating farm, as well as vendors from throughout the market will be educators at the kitchen, leading demonstrations and lectures. More partners and a full list of programming offerings will be released in the coming weeks.
“We look forward to welcoming those who live and work in and around Boston, or are just here for a visit, to participate in our programs and take advantage of all that the Boston Public Market has to offer,” adds Mimi Hall, Trustees’ Programming Manager for the Market. “Whether its starting the day with a yoga class before work in the demo kitchen and community space, or participating in a weekly ‘Cooking on a Budget’ class in the evening with friends, or attending a health and wellness festival, there will truly be something offered in this space for everyone.”
"The Boston Public Market is about connecting the people who grow and produce our food with those who will come to enjoy, eat, and celebrate all that New England offers," said Liz Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. "The KITCHEN programming the Trustees have developed with their amazing partners will educate people about local food and agriculture and engage them with healthy living and sustainability, and we're thrilled to have them as our founding partner."
Programs presented by The Trustees and its partners will operate in conjunction with the Boston Public Market’s hours of operation and will include everything from hands-on classes and workshops, to contests, demos, lectures and even a film series. A diverse selection of 10-12 programs will be held each week. Some programs will be free while others will have a range of fees associated with them. For select events, Trustees members will pay a reduced fee. Registration for the summer schedule will be available on July 15, 2015 and programs will continue year round. Please check www.thetrustees.org/bpm for updates to the list of program partners as well as a full schedule of offerings.
The Boston Public Market, the nation’s first permanent year-round market to feature all local vendors and partners, is scheduled to open in mid-July on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway directly above the Haymarket MBTA station. In addition to serving as lead programming partner, The Trustees will also be one of 35 New England-based vendors at the Market. The organization’s Appleton Farms vendor booth, modeled after its on-site Dairy Store in Ipswich, will feature dairy products made from the Farm’s Jersey dairy herd including bottled milk, plain and flavored yogurts, and a selection of aged and semi-soft farmstead cheeses. A unique selection of artisanal cheeses crafted by some of the most skilled, creative, and award-winning members of the Massachusetts Cheese Guild will also be available. Collectively, the Appleton Farms vendor booth will represent one of the largest selections of Massachusetts-made cheeses available. The market will be open 8am – 8pm, Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit: http://bostonpublicmarket.org/.
The largest private farm-land owner in the Commonwealth, The Trustees is committed to building a more sustainable food system through community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, farm stands, livestock operations, pantry donations, “food by prescription” programs, farmer apprenticeship programs, day camps, cooking classes, and community gardens. The organization offers more than 900 public programs, workshops, and events annually across the state.
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, historic, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation nonprofits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 113 spectacular reservations – from working farms and historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, to community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials -- located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.
The Boston Public Market will be a 28,000 square foot permanent, year-round, self sustaining market that provides fresh local food to consumers from all income levels and nourishes our community. It will be a civic resource, educating the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation. At the market, farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England will offer the public a year-round source of fresh local food and an opportunity to taste, buy, and understand what our region has to offer. The market will house over 35 vendors selling locally produced items such as farm-fresh produce, meat and poultry, eggs, milk and cheese, fish and shellfish, bread and baked goods, flowers, and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods. The Boston Public Market will be the only locally-sourced market of its kind in the United States. For more information visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org.