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Jun 3, 2008 08:30 AM

Dewey Square farmer's market terminated

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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  1. 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!

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

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          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

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

            1. re: BostonCookieMonster

              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!

        2. 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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                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

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

                  1. re: DotDiner

                    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. 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

                    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.