The Capital City Farmers’ Market in Montpelier is host to over 50 vendors with a wide selection of fresh, local produce as well as artisans and prepared foods vendors selling creative products such as blown glass, cutting boards, Peruvian and Mexican foods, and special drinks such as Sandia and Vermont maple milk. The Capital City Farmers’ Market runs from May through October downtown on the corner of State and Elm Streets from 9 am to 1 pm.  During the winter, the Market is the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Gym (45 College Street). There is also a Thanksgiving market the Saturday before Thanksgiving at Montpelier High School.

Montpelier_MarketAt the market, customers can learn about the diversity of produce available and the best ways to enjoy it. Butterfly Bakery includes delicious recipes for customers ranging from ice cream and cocktails to comfort foods, all featuring seasonal ingredients you can get at the Market. Some of the vendors also sell plant starts and will gladly give you growing tips as well. To keep the Market new and exciting for customers, some of the food vendors and artists have rotating vending spaces so it’s always possible to find new products. You can even find coffins and urns being sold by Vermont Coffins.

If you are looking for creative ways to use your produce, the farmers’ market hosts monthly food tastings with the Slow Food chapter at the New England Culinary Institute (NECI). A chef at NECI has recently developed a farmers’ market class in which students work with Capital City Farmers’ Market vendors to create dishes from fresh farm ingredients that customers can sample. They also provide recipes for customers to take home and try themselves.

In addition to tastings at the market, the Vermont Food Bank will host two cooking demonstrations this summer to help customers stretch their food dollars. Details can be found on the Market’s website.  And, don’t miss Fiber Day in September where sheep and llama fiber, and various products using it, will be highlighted! Furthermore, Youth Market Day will be the third Saturday in August, so if your children are interested in vending at the Market, check out their website.

The Capital City Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and Debit cards as well as Harvest Health coupons. Visit http://www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com/ for more information and check out their weekly newsletter for customers at the market. Here is a sample newsletter.