by Riley Sugarman
Photography by Elisha Machado
For all fall foodies with a craving for autumn treats, check out what the Boston Public Market has to offer. Festivities are lined up from now through Christmas time with cooking lessons, food talks and samplings for everyone.
“Since we opened in July, we've hosted dozens of events for food lovers of all ages,” said Andrew Farnitano, BPM spokesman. “We’re always excited to bring the community together around food, something that we all have in common.”
He said these festivities include “the Boston Fermentation Festival, Apple Day, a Harvest Picnic on the Greenway, sampling nights and over 50 classes, cooking demonstrations, lectures and other activities in the Kitchen.”
If you need a study break from midterms, take the T to Haymarket Statiews/local/massachusetts/2015/10/20/the-official-pumpkin-boston-over-pounds/NJpAWtarLYmczBDRPUuFbO/on and BPM and its fall activities are a short three-minute walk away, located at 100 Hanover St. BPM has events for all foodies, whether you love samples, need some new recipes, want to sit down and chill out after a long week or have children who want to tag along.
This Sunday, Oct. 25, BPM is hosting two family-friendly events that are open to the public. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m, The Urban Pumpkin Patch will be in the plaza next to the Rose Kennedy Greenway outside of the market, where you can find the perfect pumpkin to carve. You can head inside to find fall-themed foods such as the Pumpkin Falafel and Knishes, Pumpkin Butternut Squash Ramen, Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows, cider donuts and more to satisfy any cravings.
If you’re itching to carve a last-minute pumpkin before Halloween, head on over to Pumpkinpalooza in the BPM Kitchen, that lasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You carve your own pumpkin and use the guts to make healthy pumpkin treats—indeed, a fulfilling experience. The cost per pumpkin for Trustee Members is $15 and the nonmember fee is $20, reasonably priced for both a pumpkin and the foods you can make from it.
You can also see the “Pumpking,” a whopping 1,020-pound pumpkin that made its debut in the Market on Oct. 21. Red Apple Farm donated this beauty and you can come see it for the rest of the season. Snap some pictures and see the “Official Pumpkin of Boston” before it leaves!
Don’t fret if you miss the excitement of trick-or-treating, because adults can relive their childhoods in the city! On Thursday, Oct. 29, BPM is hosting Grownup Trick or Treating from 5 p.m.to 8 p.m. in the main market place. The vendors have all kinds of free treats to sample and you can learn about the different products and where they came from.
“Halloween fun shouldn’t be limited to kids!” said Farnitano, “College students and adults can enjoy a sampling night around at the Market, grown up trick-or-treat style, with live music by the Hoot Owls.”
Get into the Halloween spirit with live music, free food and friendly vendors. Kids shouldn’t have all the fun, so head over for some pre-Halloween fun and feel like a kid again.
Jenna Lanciani (SED ’19) just visited BPM for the first time.
“I liked how they incorporated all of the tastes you would typically associate with fall. They brought the suburbs to the city with the coziness of the environment,” said Lanciani. “I would love to go back because of their healthy food options and it’s basically a farmers market so you know everything is organic.”
Living in the city for the first time is scary, especially if you’re from a small town. So if you’re looking for a comfortable place to find your healthy foods, Boston Public Market has a cozy feel and all kinds of fresh foods for every foodie.