The Waitsfield Farmers' Market - A Stellar Saturday Destination
Great Vendors make this Market Stand Out
There are now more than 50 farmers’ markets in Vermont, each with its own charm and unique character.
While the quality and quantity of these markets has improved markedly in the past few years, there’s always been one that really checks all the boxes: nice location, lots of interesting vendors, scheduled at a good time of the week, and dog-friendly. It’s worth the trip to visit the Waitsfield Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday, 9am-1pm, from mid-May until mid-October.
Yes, it’s a bit touristy (Woody Jackson has a tent this year), but that’s to be expected in the Mad River Valley. And the positives far outweigh that single negative.
The market is set up in a large meadow just off of Route 100 right in the center of town, and hundreds of folks visit every Saturday. Fortunately there’s lots of parking. There’s a bandstand usually featuring live music, with picnic tables and lots of lawn for the patrons to relax if they so desire.
Yet it’s the vendors that make this market so special – more than 50 every week, and such a variety! This weekend they ranged from booths selling everything from yak meat to leather products, flowers to CBD oil, dog treats to distilled spirits. That’s in addition to a terrific foundation of farm offerings and craft items.
Our favorite vendor is undoubtedly Bambi Freeman, the 79-year-old proprietor of Sterling Brook Farm in Stowe. Bambi raises sheep and chickens, and promotes her products with the energy and enthusiasm of someone a quarter of her age. She takes the time to explain her cuts of meat and how she likes to cook them. A remarkable individual who has preserved through a long struggle with multiple sclerosis, Bambi always has a smile on her face.
The indomitable Bambi Freeman
Another treat at the market is Von Trapp Farmstead cheese booth. They produce several tasty varieties at their place in Waitsfield, and it’s hard to pass up the free samples. The Mt. Alice is a big hit on our plates.
For more information, visit the market website at https://www.waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com . It’s a nice day trip for any Saturday morning this summer.