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Best Farmers’ Markets in New England

Best Farmers’ Markets in New England
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Summer and early fall is a glorious time for the many local farmers’ markets throughout New England. Author and market expert Christine Chitnis traveled to more than 50 venues while writing her book, Markets of New England (The Little Bookroom, 2011). Here, she shares her picks for the 5 best farmers’ markets in New England, including a terrific batch of honorable mentions.

Remember, for accurate information regarding market schedule and hours, check online before planning a trip.

Coventry Regional Farmers Market
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market

Portland Farmers’ Market — Portland, Maine
Portland’s first farmers’ market dates back to 1768. Nowadays, its vendors line city walkways, all offering Maine-grown produce and products. Foodies will appreciate delicacies such as homemade tempeh, red-cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, black radishes, raw honey, kefir, and of course, freshly picked Maine blueberries.
Deering Oaks Park, Portland. Saturdays 7am-1pm, April-November. Monument Square. Wednesdays 7am-1pm, April-November. Indoor winter market.

Waitsfield Farmers’ Market — Waitsfield, Vermont
It seems that the entire population of the Mad River Valley turns out to partake in a boisterous round of festivities: face painting, arts and crafts, live music, picnicking, and more. More than 60 vendors; space is equally shared among agricultural, craft, and prepared-food booths.
Mad River Green, off Main St. (Route 100). Saturdays 9am-1pm, May-October.

Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market — Coventry, Connecticut
Equal parts country fair and farmers’ market, it feels like a momentous celebration, with cooking demonstrations, sustainable-living programs, kids’ activities, musical guests, and local artisans. You’ll find organic and heirloom fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, smoked bacon, homemade pesto, spices and salsas, freshly baked breads and sweets, artisanal cheeses, and cut and potted flowers.
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St. Sundays 11am-2pm, June-October.

Coastal Growers’ Market — Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Casey Farm (below), a Historic New England-owned organic CSA operation, boasts sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, giving its free-range cows and pigs some of the best real estate in the Ocean State. The staff tends the fields and sells the bounty at the market, along with dozens of other vendors. Plus farmyard tours, music, yoga sessions, and kids’ games.
Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road (Route 1A). Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm, May-October.

Copley Square Farmers’ Market — Boston, Massachusetts
A bustling site in the heart of downtown Boston, it’s a tempting lunchtime destination. With park benches galore, ample lawn space, and shady trees, Copley Square is an ideal picnic spot, and the market offers a diverse selection of ready-to-eat treats.
St. James Ave., Dartmouth St., Boylston St. Tuesdays & Fridays 11am-6pm, May-November.

Want more of New England’s Best Farmers’ Markets? Check out:
Best New England Farmers’ Markets | Honorable Mentions

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, September 1st, 2014

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5 Responses to Best Farmers’ Markets in New England

  1. Rene B September 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    The Norwich VT Farmers market is outstanding Saturday Mornings! When I visit Vermont it is a must!

  2. JH Simoes September 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    What happen to New Hampshire?

    • Aimee Seavey September 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi JH. This is a list of the Best 5 Farmers’ Markets in New England, not the best in each state, but you’ll see that the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market earned a spot on the list of Honorable Mentions. Thanks!

  3. Kate September 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Check out the Canal District Farmers Market in Worcester. They are year round and even operate in Worcester’s revived Canal District and run two days a week in the summer. Come by to see us every Saturday 9am-12pm at 200 Harding St. in Worcester! Hope to see you there!

  4. QUARRY HOLES September 8, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Top 5, 10, whatever lists bother, even anger, most people, because there is no way the majority believes the same as the listers. Get away from that sort of thing. Think outside the circle of conformity. Rather than a “Top 5 or Top 10″ in New England thing, get into a “some markets I like” or “have you visited the wonderful farmers’ markets in New England.”

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