After visiting 10 markets in one week, you can imagine how full our refrigerator is. When we see farm fresh vegetables and fruits at the farmers’ markets that almost seem to glow with brilliance, we know they are going to be beyond delicious and packed with nutrients and just can’t pass them up. And I’m a sucker beyond words for cheese … amongst other things. So although there are still many Saturday markets to visit, we decided to go to just two so we could make them count, and visited Barrington and Newmarket.
B and SZP are challenging themselves to visit all 31 farmers’ markets of Rockingham, Strafford, and York counties in the 31 days of July, and share their discoveries along the way. Previous entries in this series.
The day we visited the Barrington Farmers’ Market, there were two farms selling really beautiful and interesting gardening plants – including a ginger plant! We were told that several vendors were missing that day. Elderberry Acres was also there, with vegetables, jams and jellies, baked goods, and something I just cannot walk away from without purchasing – dried hot peppers! They had their own dried cayenne peppers from last season ground into pepper flakes in small shaker jars – and they have kick! Elderberry Acres also sells at the Nottingham Farmers’ Market on Sundays.
Barrington Farmers’ Market
June to late September
Routes 9 & 125, across from Calef’s Country
Store, Barrington, NH map
The Newmarket Farmers’ Market now takes place at Carpenter’s Greenhouse year-round, and the location is perfect for the market! It has allowed the market to expand, provides ample and easy parking across the street in the middle school/high school parking lot, and is really easy to get to. In the summer it is outside and in the winter inside, and both spots are beautiful for a market.
There were about 18 booths set up, with everything from meats to veggies to mushrooms to baked goods and the Coastal Conservation Association and live music as well. South Brook Farm was selling lamb, Hurd Farm had eggs, beef, and pork, Wild Miller Gardens had the most beautiful fresh garlic and other gorgeous greens on their neat farmers’ market trailer-booth, pictured left. There are also lots of treats including cupcakes, granola, jams and jellies, baked goods for your pets, and more.
Farmers’ Market Count: 12 down, 19 to go!