There is nothing like walking through an outdoor farmers market during the height of summer. But have you explored all the indoor markets we have in the state? Visiting farmers markets year round, truly connects us to the season, farmers, and to what we eat. Markets enable us to bring home the freshest vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, and support our farmers. The winter markets often take place in a unique location, from the Burlington Winter market at the UVM Davis Center to Dorset’s market at the JK Adam’s Kitchen Store. There are markets spread across the state. Where is your winter market?
First Things First
Be aware most indoor markets are not open every weekend during the season. So before you go, check the dates. And since the indoor market season takes place between November 1 and May 1, you won’t necessarily need to bring a cooler with ice packs, but keeping a cooler in the car isn’t a bad idea. Many farms offer meat that will need to be kept cold - homemade pork sausages, pork roasts, lamb, and/or poultry. And if you plan to buy any cheese to bring home, you wouldn’t want your car heater to warm it up. Many markets and towns have special events planned year round; be sure to check out the market’s website or social media (linked from their Place Pages) to pick the best weekend for your visit. Or check the DigInVT calendar of events for other special food happenings nearby. If you plan to stay longer, build your own personal trail for the day.