In honor of New Hampshire Eat Local Month and NH Farmers’ Market Week, I’m dedicating this weeks’ blogs to New Hampshire’s Farmers’ Markets. This way everyone gets a chance to see how great grocery shopping and eating local truly can be!
I’ve start my farmers’ market journey at Salem Farmers’ Market and continued on to Durham’s Farmers’ Market. Durham, which takes place every Monday June through October from 2:30- 5:30 p.m., is held in the parking lot by 15 Newmarket Rd.
Today I decided to explore Bedford’s Farmers’ Market. The market is held at Benedictine Park, which is located off of Wallace Road, signs letting consumers know what is available, line the road just after the turn off. Benedictine Park offers the potential for an array of activities, besides farmers’ marketing, such as hiking, skiing, picnicking, snowshoeing, bird watching or gardening but today I was there to enjoying the farmers’ market variety.
The turn off from Wallace Road is a rough dirt road. The parking lot can be either dirt or grass. The first thing I noticed as I pulled into the parking area was the two police officers patrolling the parking lot. Next was the Mitt Romney booth which promoted his presidential campaign. These are touches I haven’t seen at any other farmers’ market. The market is otherwise peaceful and surrounded by lovely greenery.
Bedford had other offering that made it almost irresistible. The first booth I couldn’t pass up was Tomina’s. Tomina’s offered gluten free, vegan, organic cookie dough. The vendor, Tina Birdsall, provided patrons with a sample of her cookies. They were delicious. As someone who was gluten free for 5 year, to go to a farmers’ market and find someone who specializes in tasty gluten free treat, is great! Tomina’s offers an excellent alternative for vegans and Celiac’s at the farmers’ market.
Another exciting find at the farmers’ market was LaBelle’s Winery. I love my wine and if I can find a tasty local wine you know I’ll love it all the more. LaBelle’s is currently in the process of moving and will be located on route 101 in September. When they open, they will be available for tastings Wednesday through Sunday. While I couldn’t try a wine at the market I did purchase the Granite State Apple. It is a semi sweet, slightly crisp bottle of wine quite enjoyable with a good sharp cheese.
While I was there I found a wonderful Maple Syrup vendor. He made the best maple cream I have ever had. It was rich like a frosting. It tasted heavenly. Sadly, I assumed when I purchased the cream the business’ name was on the label, it wasn’t. So all I can tell you is if you have a chance to get up to Bedford’s farmers’ market, find the maple syrup vendor and ask for a sample of the cream. Trust me it absolutely delicious! You won’t be able to leave without your own jar.
Laurel Hill is another fun vendor! They sell locally made jellies and jams. They are very tasty. They offer jams and jellies made from wines as well as fruit and veggie jellies. I purchased the “Zetz” Red Pepper Jam because I like a little heat and spice in my life. The two you women running the booth were charming and full of laughs!
Another vendor I really enjoyed was the Rolling in the Dough Bakery. The focaccia bread I was sold was wonderful and made an excellent bruschetta. The man running the booth was lively and passionate about his work. He was kind and attentive to his customers no matter their age. He sold a variety of baked goods from cookies to breads.
The vendors at Bedford were well versed in their crafts and loved talking about them. It was a very charming farmers’ market and I look for to tomorrows.