This first-of-its-kind, all locally sourced market was brought about with the help of CLF’s Legal Services Food Hub
The grand opening of the Boston Public Market today included beautiful displays of plump summer fruits and glistening freshly caught seafood, but that’s not what caught my eye. My focus was drawn to the various stall arrangements for the more than 40 food vendors occupying the market. Some stalls were small with mini-kitchen set-ups. Others were large with refrigerators and full-size ovens, requiring ventilation and electrical outlets.
With such a variety of vendor needs, the Public Market had to negotiate separate lease agreements with each vendor. And thanks to Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Services Food Hub, the Market had access to free legal assistance for all of those leases!
Launched in 2014, CLF’s Legal Services Food Hub pairs eligible farmers, food entrepreneurs, and the nonprofits that support them with free legal assistance. Over the past year, the Hub has placed 56 cases with skilled attorneys in the region, leveraging more than $400,000 in donated legal services.
CLF is thrilled to see the Boston Public Market open its doors to the community, enriching our local food economy and increasing access to healthy, fresh food for Boston residents. So many stakeholders played a role in bringing this first-of-its-kind, all locally sourced market to fruition, and CLF is proud to be one of them. We look forward to building upon this success and ensuring our Legal Services Food Hub continues to impact communities throughout New England.
Keep an eye out for the Hub’s annual report, coming next month, for more on our success in scaling up New England’s local food system.