Call us biased, but we’re going to be bold and say it: the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market is Vermont’s very best gathering of cultivators, treat makers, and artisan craft creators. Although nothing beats the real deal, here’s a little taste of what to expect on a stroll through the foodie pride and joy of Brattleboro.
1. Fresh Fare From The Farms Next Door
Yes, it’s safe to say that the fruits and veggies at every farmer’s market are at least a touch more tasteful than those of a grocery store, but the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market harvests even more than your standard selection. Most of what you’ll see is grown almost literally in our backyard, often being cultivated just days and hours before the weekly market. Some of the most sought-after prizes are the organic apples from Dwight Miller & Son Orchards, garden greens and herbs from Lost Barn Farm, and grass-fed beef from Livewater Farm.
2. Sweets, Treats, and Delectable Delicacies
Skip the brown bag lunch — at the farmer’s market, you’ll be in the company of countless Brattleboro area foodie favorites, including (but not at all limited to) Anon’s Thai Cuisine, Taco Barn, and Sawyer’s Artisanal Cheese. You’ll also have plenty of chances to cater to that sweet tooth with some homemade goodies from Tavernier Chocolates or an authentic Vermont creemee from Spoonwood Cabin Creamery.
3. Creative Crafts, Constructed By Neighbors
Jewelry, clothing, soaps, knickknacks… you name it, and our farmer’s market will probably have it. A walk through the craft vendor’s booths is just-right for getting a jump-start on your holiday shopping. Create your own Green Mountain goodie bag with handcrafted creations from Long Bridge Woodworking, rustic-yet-refined jewelry from Lisa Flanders Studio, and the snuggliest scarves ever from Sunmeadow Alpacas.
4. Live Music To Tap Your Feet To
Leave it to a guitar or harmonica solo to liven up the morning! Every weekend, the farmer’s market welcomes a new musical artist, whose genres range from acoustic to bluegrass to jazz, rounding out the family-centric vibe of the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market. Take a peek at upcoming performers via the market’s events calendar.
5. Kid’s Corners (Around Every Corner)
If you were stuck on spots for your family outing in southern Vermont, the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market is your key to kicking off the weekend. Between the face painting and the arts and crafts tables, you may have trouble getting your little ones to leave among the colorful sights and sounds. The farmer’s market also hosts a number of “kid’s events” throughout market season that see everything from ice cream making to treasure hunts.
6. A “Fresh” Experience
Farmer’s markets are a dime a dozen in New England, but the wide variety of vendors, events, and the ever-changing nature at the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market keeps every visit as fresh as its heirloom apples and garden greens.
The next time you visit Brattleboro, don’t skip a trip to the farmer’s market — the main and downtown markets run May through October, but you can still get your fill of fresh fare all winter long at the downtown River Garden’s winter market.