Worcester’s Public Market Cultivates Space to Celebrate Diversity

by | Mar 9, 2020 | Entertainment, Dining, Headlines

WORCESTER-  It’s been one month since the Worcester Public Market’s Grand Opening,  and the multi-vendor marketplace located in the heart of the city’s Canal District has been said to be doing “very positive” things for the city in terms of spreading ethnic — and flavor —  diversity. 

Michella Fouchard of One Love Café, said the marketplace has done beautiful work for the city, adding that it’s been a great community builder.

One Love Café is one of seventeen floor vendors and serves Jamaican style food. According to Fouchard, the ginger beer and curry goat have been the most popular menu selections among customers. 

This past week, a market customer, Christina San of Worcester, shared nothing but positive feedback regarding the marketplace.

San said,  “This brings all different cultures to one convenient space and I love that because I love trying different types of food, and being able to do that all in one spot is awesome.”

Aside from shining a light on cultural diversity, the marketplace also provides a place for Worcester residents to access produce fresh from the farm. 

Tammy Gehring, manager of Stillman’s Farm Market, said, “The city needed something like this. There aren’t a lot of farm fresh areas for [local residents] to get produce from. In my store, the fresh greens, and hydroponic lettuce are favorites.”

In terms of when guest volume for the marketplace is heaviest, Gehring said that Saturdays and Sundays are typically the busiest. 

Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Friday 11 AM to 7  PM, Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM. The Marketplace is closed on Monday.  

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Liz Fay is a Grafton resident. She received her Bachelors degree from Nichols College in Psychology and Education. Her writing focuses on Events and Entertainment.