Brattleboro Farmers’ Market

Well my first flog post since moving to NH is actually going to be about VT…whoops.

Now that I’ve moved to Keene for a year for my dietetic internship, I’m going to try to take advantage of all this area has to offer. Keene has a farmers’ market that I have yet to visit, but our program directors highly recommended the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings only a half hour away.

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So it was decided. I would go with two other girls in the program (yay! new foodie friends!) early Saturday morning to A) get there before the rush and B) beat the rain. The drive was super easy, no complaints there. We parked and then headed into the rectangular ring of colorful booths, tables, and tents that had been set up.

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One of our program directors had even emailed us a detailed list of vendors she likes/knows personally, so that helped guide us around a bit, and it gave us something to talk about with certain vendors which is always a more enjoyable experience.

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Unique to this farmers’ market, I was surprised by the number of booths selling Asian cuisine…? Seemed kind of random/unexpected. There were several booths set up selling thai food, and even one selling dim sum. I did not order anything but both Becca and Jackie got scallion pancakes which they liked.

Scallion pancake

Scallion pancake

Dim sum, what are you doing here?

Dim sum, what are you doing here?

I stuck to my sweet tooth and visited the lady selling delicious smelling pastries at the Wild Flower Bakery table. I ordered a walnut brownie, dark chocolate souffle/muffin thing, and some blueberry tart dessert (that I somehow didn’t take a picture of). But just take my word for it, they were delicious and looked as great as they tasted.

Instead, here's a picture of gorgeous edible flowers I didn't purchase but wanted to.

Instead, here’s a picture of gorgeous edible flowers I didn’t purchase but wanted to.

Classic VT

Classic VT

From there, I decided I actually had to buy some healthy produce to make up for all the baked goods I had just purchased. After making two loops around to see all the different vendors’ offerings, I decided to get several long rhubarb stalks, fresh rosemary, and raspberries from one vendor, heirloom cherry tomatoes from another, and beets and kale from a third. Needless to say, it was a good call bringing my large grocery bag with me.

Heaven for a bunch of dietetics students

Heaven for a bunch of dietetics students

There were also vendors selling flowers, jewelry, soaps, and other random goodies that reminded me of SOWA but more ‘rustic’ if you will.

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My plan:

Beets–> roasted beet, goat cheese, walnut, golden raisin salad

Kale–> kale chips: Doesn’t really require a recipe, but I did refer to this Food Network one for oven temp etc. just to be safe!

Heirloom cherry tomatoes–> caprese salad: fresh mozzerella, basil, tomatoes, EVOO, balsamic reduction, salt/pepper

Fresh rosemary–> rosemary lemonade

Rhubarb–>Strawberry, rhubarb, peach pie

Raspberries–>plain

 

 

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