Farmers markets are filled with locally grown vegetables but not quite yet. No matter. I was there in search of something for dinner.
Shrimp papaya salad, spring rolls, dumplings
The Lebanon Farmers Market is a wonder of good eats: jerk chicken, empanadas, pad thai, Skinny Pancake crepes. The veteran Boisvert’s food truck with its burgers, and fresh lobster rolls with melted butter or mayo, always an impossible choice.
Crepes, like strolling on a Paris street
Opening night was pure summer, a little sticky and even in the early hours, filled with those of us who live or work here or are simply visiting the market. Kids jumping like baby goats, seniors scoring seats on the benches, the requisite dogs meeting to decide whether friend or foe.
Alice at Gizmo’s, selling pickles, fiddleheads, and pies.
PapaGreyBeard a/k/a Keith Williams (photo, top) was at one end, singing “music for baby boomers.” I arrived just as “the dog up and died” in Mr. Bojangles, a line that never fails to pinch, followed by the even more poignant “after 20 years, he still grieves.” I do too. The stranger next to me agreed that Williams has a great voice.
At the other end of Colburn Park, little kids lined up for pony rides sponsored by the Lebanon Rec Department. Adults looked on and were very jealous.
Hard to choose, but in the end . . . it’s what for dinner.
LEBANON FARMERS MARKET IS OPEN EVERY THURSDAY FROM 4 TO 7 PM AT COLBURN PARK IN BEAUTIFUL AND ARTSY DOWNTOWN LEBANON NH