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High on the columns of Boston's historic Faneuil Hall...

you can still read the Dole & Bailey name - a reminder of Cyrus Dole - a homesteader from Acton MA, and Frank Bailey - a farmer from West Burke VT, who formed a partnership at the Boston Farmers' Market inside historic Faneuil Hall. Livestock was driven from the Northern and Western New England states into Boston, and slaughtered/dressed in Brighton then distributed by horse and wagon or train. Dole & Bailey also featured fancy maple syrup, fine creamery butter and artisan farmhouse cheeses as well as locally-grown poultry, eggs, and fresh caught seafood from the Boston Pier. As members of the Boston Fruit and Produce Exchange they had access to the freshest fruits and vegetables the market had to offer.

Mr. Bailey's nephew, Clyde Smith, was the second generation to take over the reins, and through his church family in Watertown MA  he began to develop the talents of the young Bud Matheson whose parents were immigrants from Prince Edward Island. It was under Mr. Smith's tutelage that Bud became third generation Dole & Bailey and a Master Butcher. Shortly after, Bud would trade his meat cutters apron for a suit to cultivate and grow new and old partnerships with chefs, farmers, fishermen, and suppliers of quality ingredients throughout New England, across the country, and around the globe.

The growth of this business meant moving into and outgrowing three facilities within three years. Now in operation for over 156 years, the Dole & Bailey Food Hub is owned by Nancy Matheson- Burns and located in Woburn, MA, where the fifth and sixth generations of purveying teams are being trained up. Dole & Bailey has been family-owned and operated since 1868. We are a Certified Women-Owned Business striving to offer more women jobs in the food industry.


Because of our efforts and the efforts of the hard- working, way-paving female business leaders at our plant, we were named one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses by The Women's Edge and the Boston Globe in 2020, 2021, 2022, and now 2023! In 2022 and 2023 we were also named one of the Nation's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in both the Greater Boston Area and in the Nation! Our master butchers have at least four generations of experience and expertise. Our fish and cheese mongers source the world for the finest local and imported seafood and dairy products available. We pride ourselves on possessing the ability to source delectable, hard to find products. The members of our sales team come from a wide variety of backgrounds restaurants, hotels, bakeries, catering, and retail and are here to expertly answer all your questions on our incredible products and programs. Our Transportation Team are professionally trained drivers and fun food experts. They put your needs first, delivering your orders on our fleet of 25 State of the Art trucks to ensure peak quality entering your kitchen.


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  • Certified Woman-Owned Business
    • cert#​ WBE1800573 vendor#20527143
  • Certified Women-Owned Business by the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office
  • Certified Massachusetts Gaming Commission Non-Gaming Vendor #NGV000293-R2
  • Animal Welfare Approved by AGW
  • USDA Organic-Handling Certified
  • Certified Humane Raised & Handled - Source Verified
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Certified Grass-Fed by AGW
  • Certified Regenerative by AGW
  • Certified Non-GMO by AGW
  • Certified Organic by NOFA-NY
  • Where Food Comes From - Source Verified
  • USDA Federally Inspected Establishment for Meat and Poultry #5381
  • Greater Atlantic Federal Dealer of Seafood and Shellfish
  • USDA HACCP Compliant
  • ISO 9001:2015 Certified by NQA
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