The Raymond Farmers’ Market is another of the 5 farmers’ markets that are brand new this year (The others are Hampton Falls, Epping, Plaistow, and Biddeford). It takes place on Tuesday afternoons in an easy to get to spot near exit 5 of rte 101.
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 Raymond Farmers’ Market offers a quick stop to pick up some great goods early in the week. The day we visited, there were 9 farmers/vendors selling everything from vegetables and meats to gardening plants, baked goods, and body and home care products. Moriarty’s Greenhouse had this beautiful display, pictured right, of gardening plants. Harrison’s Poultry Farm had eggs, chicken, and pork. Folsom’s Sugar House had maple syrup and Barker’s Farm (the girls pictured bottom right) had a wide variety of beautiful and delicious vegetables and berries. There were baked goods and treats and live music as well. With a convenient location and solid farmers/vendors already on board, this market has great potential to grow.
Aside: Much like Seacoast Eat Local’s own winter farmers’ markets, the winter market in Raymond is run by different folks than run the summer one (Seacoast Eat Local doesn’t run the summer markets in Exeter and at Wentworth Greenhouses, we organize the winter ones). This arrangement can have a lot of benefits for farmers’ market organizers, the biggest one being able to focus energies in season, as long as the market organizers of both seasons are up for really great and supportive collaboration. There are also many advantages to an organization running the market year-round, like Salem, Biddeford, and Newmarket do, including being able to offer consistency and an easy routine for customers. Either way, it’s great to be able to eat locally year round!
Farmers’ Market Count: 21 down, 10 to go!