Market Values: Boston’s Newest Specialty Markets
With an influx of gourmet shops offering everything from charcuterie to small-batch jams, it’s a glorious time for the home-cook gourmet. Here, we break down some of the city’s exciting new specialty markets.
Local Roots, North End
This urban farmers’ market features local produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, and organic dairy products, all hand-selected by Local Roots’ grocers.
Products: Grass-fed Angus beef from DeNormandie Farm, in Fairhaven; eggs from Coll’s Farm, in Jaffrey, New Hampshire; organic milk from Shaw Farm, in Dracut; fresh fruit juices and smoothies.
Bee’s Knees Supply Company, Fort Point
This 5,500-square-foot gourmet superstore focuses on both local provisions and imported international goods, and offers a staggering selection of house-made pâtés, pastries, and sandwiches.
Products: Cheeses, pickles, charcuterie, and chocolates; beer and wine; Batch ice cream by the scoop.
Owners François and Cecile Attard, who recently emigrated from the Dordogne region of France, opened MA-France at the end of March. Now their shelves are stocked with gourmet products that are hard to find anywhere else in the States.
Products: Cheeses, meats, jams, mustards, escargot, and more arrive directly from France each Wednesday.
Olives & Grace, South End
With a dedication to all things handmade, this tiny emporium brims with artisanal foods and gifts from all over the country. Monthly workshops showcase local talents.
Products: Spicy jams, bacon-peanut brittle, and bourbon marshmallows.
Christina’s Baking Annex, Inman Square
The newest venture from the team behind Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream and Christina’s Spice and Specialty Foods, in Inman Square, this soon-to-open sweets supplier will feature quality confectionary ingredients for novice and experienced bakers alike.
Products: Retail and wholesale items like Tcho chocolates, Amarena cherries, and an extensive line of extracts.