After years of local donut domination, Union Square Donuts hardly needs an introduction. Boston Public Market provides a downtown venue for picking up the oversized-yet-airy treats, which come in classic flavors like Maple Bacon or Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch as well as seasonal specials like Caramel Apple Crisp, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Apple Cider Cake.
Boston Public Market
The Boston Public Market—a year-round indoor marketplace featuring local vendors—brings more than two dozen New England farmers, food producers, and suppliers under one roof. While it’s hard to pick favorites, here are a few of our regular BPM stops: from a beloved local donut maker, to an ultra-fresh fishmonger, to a farm stand that supplies some of the best restaurants around.
Siena Farms has an outstanding pedigree: It supplies produce to local restaurants including Coppa, No. 9 Park, Sarma, and Oleana. (It’s also run by Chris Kurth, husband of Sarma and Oleana chef-owner Ana Sortun.) Better yet, it’s located just 25 miles from the city. The BPM stand stocks more than 200 varieties of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, as well as specialty foods from local makers.
Inna’s Kitchen celebrates the diversity of Jewish cooking with prepared and ready-to-eat foods running the gamut from Hummus and Quinoa Tabbouleh to Knishes and Latkes. A robust baked goods selection provides carby treats including Challah loaves and Israeli Pita, while frozen quarts of Chicken Broth ensure a ready treatment for any cold.
Curds & Co.
Boston Public Market hosts an outpost of Curds & Co., a Brookline-based cheese shop operated by a husband-and-wife team. Regional makers such as Cricket Creek Farm, Jasper Hill Farm, and Spring Brook Farm are represented, in addition to wheels from afar. And because cheese is always better with accoutrements, you can pick up jams, crackers, olive oils, and other non-cheese (yet still delicious) items.
Red’s Best works with local fisherman to supply fresh seafood. Their offerings vary based on the day’s catch, but you can expect to find everything from sea urchin to live-and-kicking lobsters. You’ll also find a number of prepared foods including lobster rolls and sushi.
Specializing in smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and plant-based prepared foods, Mother Juice is the answer when we’re looking for something fast but healthy. All of its offerings—from Avocado Toast to Buffalo Chickpea Salad—are gluten-free and vegan, making it a reliable pit-stop for those with dietary restrictions.