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.


Bees Knees Supply Company (Photograph by Michael Piazza)

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.


Owner Marco Imbergamo’s pick: Peak-season sweet corn. (Photographs by Scott M. Lacey)

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.


Owner Jason Owens’s pick: Salted-caramel macarons, made in house.

MA-France, Lexington

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.


Owner Cecile Attard’s pick: Edmond Fallot mustards.

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.


Owner Sofi Madison’s pick: Saltwater taffy from Brooklyn-based Salty Road.

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.


Owner Ray Ford’s pick: Wild hibiscus in syrup (for dropping into cocktailsand champagne).