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Dewey Square farmer's market terminated

SusanaG Jun 3, 2008 08:30 AM

After going to last year's market site twice and finding nobody I sent an email to one of the people in charge of the Dewey Sq farmer's market . Here is his response:

Hi, thanks for your interest. We are unable to offer the Dewey Square market this year due to continuing logistical issues regarding loading/unloading and police detail costs. Instead, we'll be focusing our efforts on finding a location for a year-round market.

I'll have to get my When Pigs Fly fix somewhere else.

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    Cageylefty Jun 12, 2009 09:39 PM

    It's back! Tuesdays and Thursdays!

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      Fort Point Jun 5, 2008 07:16 AM

      For a while the market was located on the Northern Ave bridge. Wonder why that can't be done again?

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      1. re: Fort Point
        patiofixture Jun 5, 2008 03:16 PM

        During the brief period of time when Dewey Square was one day and the bridge was the other, I spoke to some of the farmers there. The foot traffic just wasn't enough and because of the fairly narrow space it was easy to create bottlenecks if it was busy. They also could only take trucks to the end of the bridge and then had to lug everything in. Dewey Square was much better for them.

        Guess that didn't work out either.

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        bostonbroad Jun 3, 2008 11:00 AM

        That's really too bad because unlike other Farmer's Markets, this one specifically supported the Boston Public Market Organization - a group dedicated to trying to create a year-round public market like that at Pike Place or the former Portland (ME) Public Market.

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        1. re: bostonbroad
          bella_sarda Jun 3, 2008 11:50 AM

          Wah!! I'd heard a rumor to this effect and so sad that it's true. I work right nearby and would do most of my summer produce shopping here. I will sorely miss the produce from Siena Farms and various other vendors, as well as missing those When Pigs Fly loaves and free samples. Other farmer's market locations not very convenient for me!!

          1. re: bostonbroad
            Cageylefty Jun 4, 2008 08:02 AM

            Check out today's (6/4) Herald Business section for a,piece on the pending BRA study on the potential creation of a market district downtown and the potential role for the Boston Public Market in bringing local product to one or more sites there.

            1. re: Cageylefty
              BostonZest Jun 4, 2008 12:37 PM

              They are still pushing Haymarket into it. A real Public Market should not include or be in anyway affiliated with Haymarket. I would love to see a year round market for farmers to present their goods but suggesting that Haymarket to be part of it is wrong, IMHO.

              1. re: BostonZest
                bostonbroad Jun 4, 2008 01:41 PM

                I agree, but oddly enough when I talked to a few of the farmer's about this, they were actually on board with that. I think their reasoning was that the two were serving different purposes, but that ulitimately the Haymarket piece would increase foot traffic for them. Again, I don't think that Haymarket should be involved and my personal opinion is that it would do more harm than good to the farmers, but I thought their take was interesting.

            2. re: bostonbroad
              DotDiner Jun 4, 2008 08:54 AM

              my fantasy is to create a public market in the building at the intersection of Mass Ave and Columbia Road in Dorchester. there is this old curved building on the corner there that has been abandoned and for sale for years now. there is parking behind the building, garage doors for unloading, and it's not too far from the JFK T station. if i had a million dollars... is there an address where i could send this suggestion?

              1. re: DotDiner
                Cageylefty Jun 4, 2008 11:23 AM

                try mail@bostonpublicmarket.org or run the idea by the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, which spearheads revitalization projects in that area.

                1. re: DotDiner
                  tallullah Jun 13, 2009 06:01 AM

                  FWIW they've opened a smallish produce store in that building, however the majority of it remains unused. From what I understand a bank/developer came in and did some additions that they shouldn't have done. It's a historical building and is now locked in some kind of legal battle.

                  The produce is ok...super super cheap, but not one item is local or even local-ish. I asked them to stock parsley and was told they might get it if they got a deal but they don't have the space. It's not like I asked for duran fruit!

              2. Bob Dobalina Jun 3, 2008 09:27 AM

                By Dewey Square, is that the same as Government Center?

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                1. re: Bob Dobalina
                  pamplemouse Jun 3, 2008 09:34 AM

                  Thats weird, I was there ( Gov't Center, which I do believe is Dewey) yesterday and there a couple of stands, including Stillmans, 3 other farm stands and 2 bakery stands.

                  1. re: pamplemouse
                    BostonCookieMonster Jun 3, 2008 09:44 AM

                    No, Dewey Square is not the same as Govt Center. Dewey Square is next to South Station.

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                      pamplemouse Jun 3, 2008 09:52 AM

                      Oh yeah, I just googled it... Looks like there is a company called Dewey Square Group that has an office close to the gov't center location. Oops!

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                  esqdork Jun 3, 2008 09:02 AM

                  It is a bummer but my understanding is that it was VERY hard to do business there, including the need to feed the parking meters for their trucks.

                  1. Allstonian Jun 3, 2008 08:37 AM

                    When Pigs Fly now has two retail shops in the Boston-ish area - one in Davis Square, Somerville, and another just opened this past weekend near Coolidge Corner.

                    Very much too bad about the rest of the farmer's market, though!

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