Spending some time at the Burlington Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning is a great way to sample Vermont products, talk to local producers, and generally soak up a slice of Vermont life. Held on Saturday mornings year round, the summer market takes place in Burlington’s City Hall Park, just off Church Street. In the winter, it’s held inside the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. (8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the summer and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the winter).
With around 90 vendors participating in the summer market, and about 50 in the winter, there are too many to list individually. But in the summer you’re sure to find numerous stands featuring locally grown produce, flowers, cheese and meats –all brought straight from the farm to the market.
You can also pick up some tasty adult beverages –vendors offer wine from Vermont vineyards and locally produced spirits. Several stands offer prepared food ranging from pastries to samosas – grabbing a snack and finding a bench or spot on the grass is a great way to spend an hour or two. And there’s always a chance to pick up some souvenirs from your visit, including local crafts or
In addition to all the vendors, you might have the chance to talk to the owner of what he says is the world’s largest harmonica case collection, to sit inside a circle drawn on the ground to make meaningful eye
contact with a stranger, or just take in the music from one of the local musicians who regularly entertain at the market.