Go to the Farmers Market When it’s Raining

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

Brad Koehler of Windfall Orchard in Cornwall sells wild mushrooms, vegetables, apples and other fruit as well as the orchard's own ice cider at the Middlebury farmers market. Photo by Melissa Pasanen.

Last Saturday was beautiful and the farmers market was calling my name. But, I did not go for various reasons, including the fact that my CSA share has started and I have a freezer stuffed with half a pig’s worth of cuts (that I really need to make a dent in).

I also opted out because I knew the market didn’t need me. On that picture-perfect sunny day, which also fell on the closing weekend of the Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, there would be plenty of customers at the robust market that now weaves through and around City Park.

The previous weekend, however, I did brave intermittent pouring rain to go to the market knowing that it’s always slow in inclement weather; those are the days that the farmers and other food producers really need customers so they don’t take home half of what they harvested for market.

I love the market in the rain. It’s calmer and the vendors have time to chat about how the season is going, as well as what new projects they’re working on.

And, as my mother always said, “People don’t melt.”

Every year I also vow to visit a few more of the 85-plus farmers markets around the state, a really fun and delicious way to see what’s growing and cooking in corners I don’t frequent. Last year alone, I discovered a wonderful spicy kimchi at the Craftsbury market, locally grown table grapes and goat meat in Middlebury, and Belizean ducunu (cornmeal batter with a sweet corn filling steamed in a corn husk) in Essex.

Even better, more than 40 markets now accept 3SquaresVT (formerly known as food stamps), making home-grown and home-cooked market offerings more accessible to more Vermonters across the state.

For a full list of farmers markets in Vermont go to:

Melissa Pasanen

Melissa Pasanen

Contact Melissa Pasanen at mpasanen@aol.com and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TasteofVermont.

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