The summer is nearly over and I have neglected to tell you about my weekly Farmer’s Market adventures! Every Saturday, local farmers and artisans sell their produce and special crafts in the Burlington City Hall Park – by produce and special crafts, I mean pretty much everything that’s in season: fresh herbs, squashes, tomatoes (including heirloom tomatoes), beans, artichokes, greens, eggs, flowers, honey, and, bakery style bread, apples, cheese and maple syrup because after all, I do live in Vermont.
It’s equally nice to walk around and enjoy the scene. I usually make a beeline to the Panadero stand for breakfast. Panadero is a local bakery known for its bread, croissants (savoury and sweet) and tarts. I am a fan of the chocolate and almond croissant. One day, I will remember to take a picture of it before digging in like I’ve never had a croissant before.
There is a wide variety of greens available at the farm stands, including many different kinds of lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, mesclun, endive and cabbage.
Then there’s the herbs:
So lunch is inspired by what I find at the farmer’s market with some supplements from the grocery store.
Add some arugula (rocket, rucola), slices of mozzarella cheese,
I’ve also tried the cinnamon raisin loaf from Adams Village Bakery. It’s not the typical sweet, enriched bread with a cinnamon raisin swirl; rather, think of a sourdough that happens to be accented with cinnamon and raisins.
So yes, in case you’re wondering, I do buy bread from time to time. =)
Also in case you’re wondering, I don’t buy as much as I’d like to buy from the farmer’s market. I think it’s fantastic to support local food and it seems to taste better than store-bought, but I am a graduate student with a graduate student budget. Most of the time I prefer to splurge on powdered gold flour and other baking needs, but every now and then there’s something at the market that really is worth it. Try it, and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Burlington Farmer’s Market
City Hall Park
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
203 North Winooski Avenue