Greater Boston has a shrimp farm... actually, two
OK, enough lobster: onto shrimp. If you’re thinking, “Wait, aren’t shrimp farms the thing we’re supposed to boycott?” The answer is that if they’re in Asia or Ecuador, yes, there are issues like environmental pollution and worker exploitation at play. Luckily, however, we have homegrown options. Sky 8 Shrimp, in Stoughton, was the state’s first shrimp farm and one of only eight in the entire country. When you’re eating shrimp at Erbaluce or Ten Tables, it likely came from here. Recently, a second farm has came along: Tasty Harvest Shrimp in West Boylston, where you can buy them yourself when the harvest is right.
Technically, new Boston farmers can sell their produce directly to restaurants and customers
Article 89 is the newest article to the BRA’s zoning regulations, and ostensibly a huge deal. Apply for a new farm license, and you can actually make a commercial go of it, selling your output to both commercial and individual outlets. CSA in the city, from city soil? Amazing! The only problem is that the current real estate boom is making Boston commercial farming a damn tough sell (not everyone gets to be Fenway Farms, after all).