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Distributors

Getting food from producers to consumers, fresh and intact, isn’t easy. There are many organizations and companies in the Greater Boston area hard at work to improve the process.

Logistics/Delivery

Al FreshCo

Food Preparation, Food Distribution

At Al FreshCo, we strive to make "good food" accessible to all.
We come up with meal offerings entirely dictated by the available harvest from our network of farmers; and make meal kits out of these vegetables for you to cook at home. By offering convenience in accessing responsibly produced foods, we strive to empower you, our community members to vote with their dollars for a healthy, efficient, and resilient regional food system, while supporting responsible farmers by offering a consistent, alternative market, thereby decreasing on farm food waste, and increasing farmer economic stability.

Boston Organics

Food Distibution

Boston Organics provides access to fresh, organic produce to promote and support healthy living in a mindful and sustainable way that respects the environment, supports local farms, local businesses, and fair-trade practices.

City Fresh Foods

Food Distribution

At City Fresh Foods, we believe that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves access to nutrient-rich, great-tasting food.

Drizly

Alcohol Delivery Service

Drizly allows users to download a free iPhone app, sign up securely with your credit card, set your delivery address, fill your cart with your favorite beer, wine, or liquor, and watch as your alcohol order is delivered to your doorstep.

DrinkIn

Alcohol Delivery Service

We are doing [alcohol] deliveries powered by good ol' human energy and strive to be the most eco-friendly delivery company ever! Our bikers will get through the city quickly, so don't worry about ordering during rush hour either...

Drync

Wine Delivery Service

Instantly find and buy wine with Drync - the free wine scanner, searcher and store. Discover new wines, read reviews, see wine ratings, learn about wines, share with friends, and buy wine all in seconds for delivery to your doorstep.

Farmers To You

Food Distribution

Farmers To You is a conscious partnership of gifted farmers and producers creating the future of food production and committed families gracing their tables with life-giving food. Know who is feeding your family.

Glenwood Garden

Sustainable Preserved Food Products

Glenwood Garden is a for-profit business with a social mission — to help non-profits gain new sources of revenue by being an online conduit for sales of goods and services (we’re starting with sustainably made food!) with all net profits shared 50/50. In the near future we will be featuring information on our non-profit partners and providing visitors the opportunity to support them by shopping for your preferred cause.

Just Add Cooking

Food Preparation, Food Distribution

We source and create wholesome “meal kits” consisting of fresh, pre-measured, and high quality ingredients that are carefully packed in a box and delivered directly to your home. As part of a flexible subscription plan, we provide our members with an array of affordable, easy to prepare, and delicious recipes to try every week. All you have to do is “just add cooking.”

Metro Pedal Power

Food Distribution, Food Rescue, Recycling

Metro Pedal Power was formed in 2008 with the mission of replacing gasoline driven vans and trucks with pedal-powered vehicles for last mile freight in dense urban areas, in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, combat congestion, and enhance the livability and resilience of our cities. Our service is economical, environmentally-friendly, values-driven, and it’s fun. We provide sales and delivery of food to local chefs, CSA home delivery, and food rescue and recycling operations.

The Purple Carrot

Food Preparation, Food Distribution

Healthy meals you can cook at home, using all whole, plant-based ingredients, with easy-to-follow recipes from really great chefs. The Purple Carrot tries to make life easier and healthier for people through the food they eat.

Red Tomato

Local Farm Food

Red Tomato is a non profit that coordinates a network of family-scale, ecological fruit and vegetable farmers, mostly in New England, and helps to brand and market their produce to supermarkets, coops, distributors, and other buyers.

Red's Best

Local Seafood

Red's Best innovative technology and logistics platform reduces the distance between you and your fishermen.

Sysco

Food Distributor

Sysco sells, markets and distributes food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries.

United Natural Foods, Inc.

Wholesale Food Distribution

UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States.

Government Programs / Charitable Organizations

Catholic Charities Boston

Food Bank/Pantry, (and numerous other services)

With 15 sites throughout Greater Boston, we are able to provide a wide range of support, including food pantries, rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, assistance in providing furniture, baby supplies, clothing and other necessities, and seasonal and holiday assistance for families who cannot afford a warm meal at Thanksgiving or gifts for their children at Christmas.

Community Servings

Meal Preparation and Distribution

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, business, and corporate sponsors, and our dedicated staff and board members, we prepare and deliver 7,500 lunches and dinners each week to the homes of almost 800 individuals and families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness.

Food Pantries with Local Sourcing

Food Pantries

Boston has a range of food pantries that source locally - while too numerous to present in this format, they can be found at the link provided.

Greater Boston Food Bank

Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank's mission is to End Hunger Here. Our objective is to distribute enough food to provide at least one meal a day to those in need.

Haley House Bakery Cafe

Catering, Bakery, Food Pantry, Community Tables

Good food. Good business.
Infused with the rich diversity of the area, Haley House Bakery Café does more than fill the neighborhood with the aroma of healthy, delicious food. It breathes life into Dudley Square by providing a place where all are truly welcome. The Bakery is also a workplace for men and women that face significant barriers to employment. Visitors can feel good about eating flavorful locally sourced food while supporting their community and enjoying the work of local artists.

Lovin' Spoonfuls

Perishable Food Recovery, Meal Preparation and Distribution

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is an organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin’ Spoonfuls works efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to addressing the health, environmental and economic impact that food waste has on our community.

Grocery / Farmer’s Markets

City Feed and Supply

Grocery, Catering

We are a neighborhood grocery/café/deli supplying the neighborhood with a fine selection of Natural Foods. We also provide catering platters for all your soirees and shin digs! Local goods, all kinds! So come on down! You’ll be glad you did.

Boston Famers Markets

Farmers Market Administration (Permitting, Outreach and Promotion, Programming)

Note: This program is currently administered by the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. In addition to permitting, outreach/promotion, and event marketing, the BCFF administers the Boston Bounty Bucks program at 21 participating markets.  SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; commonly known as food stamps. SNAP recipients can supplement their federal food dollars by using Boston’s Bounty Bucks coupons. The Boston Bounty Buck coupon provides a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10, each time a SNAP client shops at a farmers market.

Harvest Co-Op Markets

Community Grocery, Catering, Local/Organic/Natural Food

Harvest Co-op Markets is a community-owned market with three stores in the greater Boston area: one in Cambridge’s Central Square, and one on Washington St. on the Jamaica Plain / Roslindale line, and one on South St. in Jamaica Plain. We have over 4,000 member-owners.
Harvest specializes in organic, natural and wholesome food choices. You will find fresh, local produce in season, fresh fish right off the pier, luscious local and imported cheeses, naturally raised meat, an award-winning bulk spice section, bulk products, unique wines and beer, and more.

Healthy Corner Stores

Local Grocery / Corner Stores

"Food deserts" refer to areas or neighborhoods of the city that lack access to high quality, healthy produce and food. The locator and list provided is a fantastic step to document and idenfity the grocery stores that are taking important steps to help people in food deserts buy and consume the food they deserve.

Hundred Mile Market

Local Grocer

Hundred Mile Market is a new small grocery store concept that will be selling exclusively local products.
Hundred Mile Market will open soon in downtown Waltham, Massachusetts.

Boston Public Market

Farmers Market: Program Development, Implementation, and Management

The Boston Public Market will be a permanent, year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh locally-sourced food brought directly to and from the diverse people that make up Massachusetts and New England.

New England Open Markets

Open Markets (Food, Artists, etc.)

Love to shop local from the very best indie makers, artists and designers? Looking for fresh products and artisan foods from area farms? Hungry for that yummy lunch from a food truck? You can find this and more at the nationally recognized New England Open Markets, now in our 11th year of bringing you local goodness in indie art, craft, design, fresh and artisanal foods and food trucks!

Russo’s

Grocery, Local/Organic/Natural Food

Russo's is a market for those who care about good food and cooking with excellent products.

Freshness, quality and diversity help define Russos. Direct relationships with growers and producers locally and beyond allow us to offer the finest fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and specialty foods at affordable prices.

Allston Village

Farmers Market

Location: Cambridge Street-Jackson Mann Plaza
Hours: Open June thru October, Saturday 11:00AM - 3:00PM

Ashmont (St. Mark's Area)

Farmers Market

Location: Corner of Dorchester Ave & Ashmont Street
Hours: Open June thru October, Fridays 3:00 PM – 7:00 P

Beth Israel Deaconess

Farmers Market

Location: 330 Brookline Ave
Hours: Open June thru October, Wednesdays 12 PM - 3:30 PM

Boston City Hall

Farmers Market

Location: 1 City Hall Plaza
Hours: Open May thru November, Mondays, Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Boston Medical Center - Menino Pavilion

Farmers Market

Location: 850 Harrison Avenue
Hours: Open June thru October, Fridays 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Bowdoin/Geneva

Farmers Market

Location: 230 Bowdoin Street Dorchester
Hours: Open June thru October, Thursdays 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Charlestown

Farmers Market

Location: 1 Thompson Square
Hours: Open July thru October, Wednesdays 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Codman Square

Farmers Market

Location: Codman Commons Corner of Talbot Ave & Washington Street
Hours: Open June thru October, Thursdays 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AND
Location: The Great Hall at the Codman Square Health Center
Hours: Open January thru March, Sundays 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Copley Square

Farmers Market

Location: 120 Corey St., West Roxbury
Hours: Open June thru October, Sundays 11 AM – 3 PM

Dewey Square

Farmers Market

Location: Across from South Station
Hours: Open May thru November, Tuesdays, Thursdays 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Dorchester House

Farmers Market

Location: 1353 Dorchester Avenue
Hours: Open June thru October, Tuesdays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Dudley Town

Farmers Market

Location: Corner of Dudley Street & Blue Hill Avenue
Hours: Open June thru October, Tuesdays, Thursdays 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

East Boston

Farmers Market

Location: Central Square at Meridian, Bennington and Border Street
Hours: Open July thru October, Thursdays 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Egleston

Farmers Market

Location: 45 Brookside Ave, JP
Hours: Open June thru October, Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM
AND
Open November thru February, Saturdays 11 AM - 2 PM

Field's Corner

Farmers Market

Location: Dorchester Avenue at Park Street
Hours: Open July thru October, Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Harvard Allston

Farmers Market

Location: Intersection of N. Harvard Street & Western Avenue
Hours: Open June thru October, Fridays 3:00PM - 7:00PM

Jamaica Plain (JP Centre/South)

Farmers Market

Location: Bank of America Plaza, 677 Centre St.
Hours: Open May thru November, Tuesdays 12:00 PM – 5:00pm, Saturdays 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Loring-Greenough House (JP Centre/South)

Farmers Market

Location: 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain
Hours: Open June thru October, Thursdays 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Mattapan

Farmers Market

Location: 525 River Street
Hours: Open July thru October, Saturdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mission Hill - Brigham Circle

Farmers Market

Location: Intersection of Huntington Avenue & Francis Street
Hours: Open June thru November, Thursdays 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Mission Hill - Roxbury Crossing

Farmers Market

Location: 1420 Tremont St
Hours: Open June thru November, Tuesdays 2 PM -7 PM

Northeastern University

Farmers Market

Location: Curry Student Center
Hours: Open November thru April, Wednesdays 10 AM - 4 PM

Prudential Urban Farm Stand

Farmers Market

Location: 800 Boylston St
Hours: Open May thru October, Thursdays 11 AM - 6 PM

ReVision Urban Farm Stand

Farmers Market

Location: 1062 Blue Hill Avenue
Hours: Open July thru October, Thursdays & Fridays 2:30PM - 6:30PM, Saturdays 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Roslindale

Farmers Market

Location: Adams Park, Washington Street at Cummins Highway
Hours: Open June thru November, Saturdays 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

South Boston

Farmers Market

Location: W 446 W. Broadway Street
Hours: Open May thru November, Mondays, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

SOWA

Farmers Market

Location: 485 Harrison St.
Hours: Open May thru October, Sundays 10 AM -4 PM

The goal of this resource is for it to be helpful for a range of participants in the local food system. We want to hear from you!

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