This past Saturday was bittersweet for me. Sweet because I would no longer have to get up at 6:30 AM every other Saturday, but bitter because it was my last day working at the Seacoast Eat Local Winter farmers’ markets as an intern. Out of all the activities for this internship, working at the markets had to be my favorite. I loved the atmosphere there because it was lively, bustling, and also fun. I liked how even though it would be miserable and cold outside, the market would be warm and comforting. Besides the getting up early, I always enjoyed my time at the farmers’ market.
Since this was my last market, I had to stop at some of my favorite farms! This included eating some Beef Sambousek rolls from Karimah’s Kitchen, which came with an avocado spread. They were delicious and quite filling. Usually, I get their rice and lentils with carmelized onions, but they were out that day. I also was able to try some duck confit ravioli from Valicenti Pasta Farm. I had never had duck before and it was exciting to do so. This was also wonderful and needed no seasonings! I also got to try out some pickled beets and dilly beans from Debbie D’s, which were fantastic! Everything at the farmers’ market tastes so good. There has never been a food item I haven’t enjoyed! Finally, I saw some gorgeous swiss chard at Heron Pond Farm. I never knew that the stems were so colorful. Nature is simply beautiful if given the proper care.
Some things I’ll miss about the markets include interacting with all the customers and farmers. I loved talking to the customers because they were so friendly and also excited about the markets. It was also nice to get to know the farmers and become a regular at their stands. I’ll also miss being able to try new and unique foods. Because of the markets, I have been able to try new and different foods such as watermelon radish, kohlrabi, apple pie jam, duck ravioli, Lebanese chicken rolls, beef and cheese empanadas, and also pickled beets!
Though I am not going to be working officially at the markets anymore, this internship has reawakened my love of farmers’ markets. They can be very addicting! As a result, I plan on attending the summer markets. I look forward to the being outside, seeing some familiar faces, and being able to try all the unique summertime foods the markets’ can provide. I hope you all had as much fun with the winter markets as I did!
Till Next Time,