On July 28th, the final Thursday of the month, we spent the afternoon at the Exeter Farmers’ Market in Swasey Parkway. After a near move this spring due to construction, the Exeter selectmen were inspired to figure out how to keep this market in its location on the Parkway – and we thank them every week for their efforts! With a grassy lawn and a tree-lined road, Swasey Parkway is an idea location for a farmers’ market, and a lot of families bring their kids to play while they shop.
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 Exeter Farmers’ Market there were 34 vendors participating, making it the second largest market (next to Portsmouth’s 40+) in Rockingham, Strafford, and York counties. The vendors stretch down the parkway, creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with a lot to offer.
White Heron Tea was selling their delicious take home and ready to drink beverages, Brookford Farm had cow’s milk and Jesta Farm had goat’s milk, and Jewell Towne vineyard was selling wines. That’s just the beverages!
Over ten different farms were selling really beautiful, high quality vegetables in overflowing displays. There was everything, I mean everything, that it is possible to grow locally and is in season, all in amazing variety and choice. It’s really impossible to list so I’ll just share what I bought that day: peaches, blueberries, corn, tomatoes, Swiss chard, tomatillos, onions, and a few first of the season chiles. The market also has a particularly high concentration of certified organic farmers (scroll down for the list), for those looking for that designation.
There were many choices for proteins: pork, beef, goat, lamb, chicken, eggs, fresh fish from Eastman’s and more, with many choices. There are prepared foods to take home or eat on site, breads and sweets, maple syrup, cheeses, honey, lots of garden plants, gorgeous cut flower bouquets …. it’s a fantastic one stop shopping afternoon market offering the best of what is in season, all to the tune of live music!
Farmers’ Market Count: 30 down, 1 to go!