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The Brattleboro Farmers' Market

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The Brattleboro Farmers’ Market
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I haven’t written a cooking-oriented post for weeks. I have been cooking, but it it has been of the “quickly-as-possible-so-we-can-get-back-outside-and-enjoy-the-fleeting-summer” sort. Fresh tomato salads, grilled sausages, hamburgers, etc.

The Market in the Woods


Tomato salad with basil and shallots

One quick tip: Try using rice vinegar and shallots in your next tomato salad. The milder acidity is a great compliment to the sweet, ripe fruit and the onion flavor makes them sing.

We’ve been on the road for much of the past few weeks, enjoying New England in high summer. Last week we made our way to the Brattleboro, VT farmers’ market, pictured above. On Saturdays, the market is located right off or Route 9 in a park that borders the West River Whetstone Brook [corrected]—it moves to the parking lot of the downtown Brattleboro Food Co-op on Wednesdays. The semi-permanent stalls are made of tree branches and rough lumber, the colors are vibrant, and there’s a groovy community feeling to the whole enterprise.

There’s live music most every week…


…and a big sandbox for kids.
Browsing the stalls, greeting neighbors.

More important, the food is extraordinary. Both in the produce, cheeses, meats, pastries, and breads on sale, as well as in the wonderful prepared foods made to order. Thin-crust pizza, Thai, Indian, dim sum, and Malawian food were all on offer.

It’s hard to imagine a nicer place to enjoy lunch on a late summer’s day. You can even get a massage afterwards.

Being a hard cider afficionado, I got my relaxation from sampling a new brand I hadn’t yet tried. Whetstone Ciderworks’s ciders are made from a blend of traditional British cider apples, giving them a dry and elegant profile with a mineral finish.

There were plenty of tomatoes…

And flowers.

And in another sign that summer is winding down, the peaches where sharing a table with the early season apples.

The market runs 9am-2pm on Saturday. To get there, take Exit 2 from I-91 and turn west on Route 9. The market is 1/2 mile on the left, just past the Creamery Covered Bridge.

Amy Traverso


Amy Traverso


Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !

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2 Responses to The Brattleboro Farmers’ Market

  1. Keith September 3, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Small point of clarification….the farmers market does not border the West River but instead the Whetstone Brook, the very same brook that was the cause of so much destruction during last years Hurricane Irene. The brook actually devestated the farmers market site, washing away most of the structures while leaving mud and deep erosion behind. Remarkably the market was back up and running two weeks later through the hard work and efforts of the Brattleboro community.

    • Amy Traverso September 5, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Thanks, Keith! I’m making that correction now…

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