Farmer’s markets have always been a popular feature of Vermont’s working landscape for locals and tourists alike. As the farm-to-plate movement and localizing the food system popularity and necessity continues to rise, Vermont remains one step ahead in a trend that’s been a part of life here since first settled in the 1700s. In one of the nation’s colder climates, winter farmer’s markets are fast becoming the norm supplying local, seasonally stored, and innovatively grown food across the state.
In time for holiday gift giving and cooking, I thought I’d offer up several of my favorite farmer’s markets around Vermont…good vibes, great food, and slammin’ atmosphere.
Bigger markets offer diverse selection like mushrooms, wide variety of meats, hydroponically grown produce, more sought after crafts like sheep wool sweaters, and more diversity of ethnic options, specialty products, and produce volume.
Rutland Farmer’s Market
251 West Street, Rutland VT
Over 45 vendors – most diverse selection and biggest weekly event in all of Vermont
Montpelier Farmer’s Market
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10-2
Vermont College of Fine Arts Gym, Montpelier, VT
Solid mix of farm products, especially good art & craft additions
Brattleboro Farmer’s Market
River Garden, Downtown Brattleboro, VT
Probably some of the most unique offerings, Brattleboro is pretty cutting edge in offbeat alterations to the food system growth and their farmer’s market showcases that quirkiness
Burlington Farmer’s Market
Bi-weekly (beginning Nov. 3) Saturdays, 10-2
Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT
Farm to Table in Vermont’s Metropolitan Queen
Smaller markets are more hyper-local with offerings focused on stored root veggies, canned goods, specialty foods, and crafts.
Norwich Farmer’s Market
Once a month on select Saturdays, 10-1
Tracy Hall, Downtown Norwich, VT
Middlebury Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 9:30-1 in Nov. & Dec., Mar. & Apr. CLOSED Jan. & Feb.
Mary Hogan School, Middlebury, VT
St. Johnsbury Farmer’s Market
First Saturday, 10-1
St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, Downtown St. Johnsbury, VT
Complete Vermont winter farmer’s market listings can be found with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
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