Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Office of Food Initiatives announced the venture Wednesday, as the program began on the City Hall Plaza market and will expand from there. The City Hall market is steps from historic Faneuil Hall, where this type of person-to-person exchange took place in yesteryear.
“For the first time since the original Faneuil Hall Market Place closed its doors in the mid-1900s, Boston residents, workers, and visitors will be able to purchase fresh, healthy day-boat fish in a vibrant urban market setting,” Mayor Menino said. “This is truly an exciting program that expands access to healthy foods and represents a culinary option that is unique to Boston.”
Massachusetts is known for its seafood industry, but consumer-level access to day-boat fish is hard to come by, making the city’s fish pilot program pretty exciting if you’re a foodie.
This pilot program is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives, the City’s Inspectional Services Department, the Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness, Red’s Best Seafood and Cape Cod Fish Share, which will be vending at the various Farmers Market sites.
“Red’s Best is excited about the opportunity to facilitate the connection between local fishermen and the general public through Boston’s Farmers’ Markets. The Mayor and his office have done a wonderful job putting this together and the entire city will benefit,” said Jared Auerbach, Chief Executive Officer of Red’s Best Seafood. “The Boston Farmers’ Markets will allow us to showcase the amazing local seafood that is thriving in our backyard.”