Boston Area Farmers Markets: 2011

The always-awesome Copley Square Farmers Market. Begins May 17th, 2011; runs every Tuesday and Friday throughout the summer/fall. // Flickr/WBUR

It’s been a very rainy April this year in Boston: over 4 inches have fallen thus far, with a bit more likely before the month is over (last April we got under 2 inches). It’s what we’ve heard is supposed to happen this month. April is wet, and then, just when you can’t stand it any more, things turn beautiful. If you’ve been around the greater Boston area in the past few days, you’ve likely already noticed this phenomenon coming to pass: flowers are blooming, tree buds are blossoming, green shoots are appearing in spots which before were dominated by browns and grays. It’s official: May is upon us.

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Patrick Pledges $10m for Development of Year-Round Boston Public Marketplace

Artist's Rendering -- Boston Public Marketplace

An artist's rendering -- or perhaps an artist's six year old daughter's rendering -- of the future Boston Public Marketplace. // boston.com

Important food news this morning: from the pages of the Boston Globe comes word that Governor Deval Patrick has pledged $10m in financing toward establishing the city’s first year-round Public Food Market since the last one closed in the 1950s. The funding, awarded to the Boston Public Market Association, helps clear a major financial hurdle toward getting the market — which will provide a year-round indoor facility for local vendors and producers to showcase their goods — off the ground. According to the Globe, the market could be up and running by the end of 2011, though additional sources of funding will still be needed. It’s a potentially enormous development for the people of the city.

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