There is nothing like a farmers market to awaken your senses and inspire creativity. What began as a simple concept of local farmers selling their wares has grown into something much more. These events often feature crafts, food trucks, music, childrens entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and products to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Each New England state is blessed with many of these public markets. Here are Yankee Magazine's choices for the best in each state.
Established in 1768, the Portland Farmers Market is one of the longest-running in the entire country! With so much history under their belt, they are bound to be one - or should we say three - of the best. That's right, there are three separate markets: one running every Wednesdays from April to December, another on Saturdays from April to November, and finally, a winter market running Saturdays from December to April.
The Westport Farmers Market is all about good health and giving back. In addition to the usual array of fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, seafood and meat, they also offer several allergen-free, gluten-free, and vegan food selections.
Enjoy healthy prepared foods, yoga, and local food trucks with the peace of mind of knowing your purchases help support programs like Farmer-In-Need, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Get Growing, and Farmer to School to Community.
The Burlington Farmers Market has been serving the community since 1980. Open every Saturday in the summer, guests enjoy music and facepainting while shopping for seasonal produce, flowers, crafts, and crazy creations like flavored potato liquors and fresh fruit snowcones. There is also a smaller, winter market open since 2008.
This year-round market is held every Sunday and offers so much more than your average roadside produce stand! Expect live entertainment, local bands, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and even a Valentine’s Day cookie decorating event.
In addition, the selection at the Salem Farmers Market is unmatched. Purchase local produce, honey, cheeses, soaps, candies, milks, eggs, and meats. In the summer, visitors can also enjoy hand-pressed juices, real-fruit lemonade, and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers.
Located at historic Plimoth Plantation, the Plymouth Farmers Market is open every Thursday all year long. In addition to the wonderful selection of home-grown produce, seafood, and freshly perpared foods, the weekly events also include performances from local musicians, food demonstrations, and a selection of local food trucks.
Aquidneck Growers Market, Middletown & Newport
The Middletown location of this farmers market is held at Newport Vineyards & Winery so you can enjoy a glass of wine while you shop. Open every Saturday all year-round, everything they sell - including produce, prepared foods, and selections from local artisans - comes from within a 50-mile radius.
The Newport location is open Wednesdays from May to October.