Think you have to hop on a boat and drop a line into the ocean to get the freshest seafood in town? Thanks to a new pilot program from the City of Boston, all you’ll have to do is simply head to the nearest farmers’ market. Launched today, city farmers’ markets around Boston will be stocked with local, day-boat fish.

“Day-boat” is a term used by the fishing industry to describe the practice of sending a boat out on the water in the morning, and it returns later that day with all of its catch. For Boston seafood enthusiasts, that means the freshest local fish from local fisherman. This pilot program is a partnership between the city, Red’s Best Seafood and Cape Cod Fish Share, which will be vending at the markets.

From the press release:

“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.”

Personally, one of my favorite things about moving to the East Coast has been the incredible proximity to the ocean, and therefore the freshest seafood that’s ever graced my palette. And now, it will be even easier to purchase. So, who’s coming to my house for tuna burgers this weekend?

Check out a list of participating sites below, and get cooking!

South Boston Farmers’ Market
446 W. Broadway (Btwn Mt. Washington & Bank of America)

Copley Square Farmers Market
Dewey Square Farmers Market

City Hall Plaza

East Boston Farmers Market
Central Square (Bennington & Meridian Streets)

Bowdoin Geneva Farmers’ Market
230 Bowdoin Street (Bowdoin Street Health Center)


Allston Farmers Market  (June)
N. Harvard & Western Avenues

Ashmont Farmers Market (July 6)


Mattapan Farmers Market (July 7)