The Bristol Farmers Market, established 14 years ago, has really progressed into a full-fledged market, offering a range of activities for community members of all ages.  Its mission states “It is the purpose of the Bristol Farmers’ Market to provide an outlet for local people to sell their farmed goods, prepared foods, crafts and services, while providing area residents with convenient access to a variety of local products in a festive, family-friendly community atmosphere.”  This really says it all, as each week, this market draws in customers from all over in celebration of community and local food.

bristolSaturdays 11 am – 2 pm

Located on the Bristol Town Green

Market Products
With about 30 vendors at each market, there are a variety of products to choose from. In addition to its vegetable vendors, the market also offers a range of meat products, including pork, lamb, beef, chicken, and duck.  Both hot and cold, as well as crafts and household products are also popular buys.  Various forms of payment are also accepted, including EBT, Debit, Farm to Family, and Harvest Health.  Up to 500 people are in attendance at each market, creating a great place for community members to gather.

Beyond local produce, this market offers locally produced honey, baked goods, breads, prepared foods, candles, and crafted items.  One vendor even offers a range of herbal body care products, dried teas, and hand crafted soaps. This market is a great place for weekly customers to do their shopping as well as for tourists who are simply passing through.

Whether you are looking to buy your weekly veggies, or just stopping in for lunch, this market can definitely accommodate your needs.  Some of the hot food vendors include Humble Pie, which offers gourmet flatbreads.  Sally’s Salads offers a range of delicious, locally grown greens.  Euro’s lasagnas and spanakopita have also been very popular at this market.  For beverages, the Bristol Market offers fresh squeezed lemonade.  Preserved products are also very plentiful, with homemade pestos, salad dressings, and chutneys.

Market Activities
The Bristol Market is a great place for community gatherings, with a range of activities for people of all ages.  There is weekly live music in the gazebo, as well as activities for children in the kids’ tent.  On August 28th, the market will host its first Youth Market, where seven young entrepreneurs have signed up to sell their items.  The Bristol Market also offers bike repair, food demonstrations, and car vacuuming.  It is a great place for weekly non-profit fundraising as well.  Some upcoming events at the market include Zumba with Jenn on September 10th from 11-12, and local tunes from Bob Bernstein on October 1st.

Most Unusual Find
The Bristol Market’s most unusual finds are a sewing machine and knife grinding stone, both of which are plugged in and ready to go.  Make sure to bring your ripped clothes and dull knives to make use of these interesting items!

The Bristol Market is held every Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm, located on the town green in downtown Bristol.  It is such a great place to visit, with a range of activities and products.  Please come visit to support your local community!