We were driving almost haphazardly through Northern New England, and you might have spotted us anywhere from the Maine coast to the mountains in Vermont. We stopped at this Saturday market, which I suspect is one of many similar farmer’s markets in large towns all throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It was relatively small, with just 15-20 vendors, but the items on offer were wonderful. There was a real honesty to the market, as most of the vendors were the farmers themselves, or the folks who had baked the muffins, cakes, pies, etc. The weather had started to turn a little chilly, and there was probably only another week or two of tomatoes, corn and other summer vegetables. There were the beginnings of fall squashes, cabbages, apples, pears and other cooler weather produce as well… Even the stunning blooms displayed in the picture up top already scream fall oranges, burgundies, yellows, etc.
It was around breakfast time, on a cold, wet morning, and I couldn’t resist this stunning looking, freshly baked blueberry muffin, with sugar sprinkled on top. With a cup of coffee or tea, this was just amazing. The blueberries were fresh, squishy and tasty. The muffin was redolent with butter and the muffin top was nicely crusty/crisp while the interior was moist and delicious.
It was early when we got to the market, and the foul weather must have thinned the crowds, but it was clear that almost everyone knew everyone else at the market, kids in strollers, dogs on leashes and folks in rain gear stopped at many of the stalls to pick up their week’s supply of meat, vegetables, fruit and some baked goods.
The last of the summer’s corn crop, of which we would have purchased a dozen ears if we had access to a kitchen! :(
Trays of gorgeous green and red tomatoes, raised outdoors, not in greenhouses.
This photo doesn’t do the herbs justice, but these were amongst the largest and healthiest bunches of rosemary and mint I have ever seen!
A carrot, raisin and nut muffin for $1 that was simply superb.
Beautiful late summer raspberries, at a stall that also had an incredible selection of homemade jams and preserves, as well as beautiful flower arrangements.
Of course we couldn’t pass up a peach jam filled muffin as well. :)
Corn stalks and pumpkins, an early harbinger of Halloween and other fall traditions… I don’t have photos, but there was a stall selling all organic pork products. Another with venison and other game. And yet another with beef and lamb. Several vendors had a beautiful selection of vegetables, another had 6 kinds of melons… Fantastic. The summer produce in New England was wonderful to behold, but the crisp mornings in early September were a reminder of the changing seasons, and the need of early settlers in this region to preserve and store food items to make it through the long winter ahead.