The farmers market: Spending time outdoors, whether in solitude or with a companion, admiring and ingesting the freshest produce and products imaginable. You may bump into neighbors, or spend the whole day lost in your errands. You may discover a new fruit or vegetable, once foreign but now favorite. You may be treated to live entertainment, or even an informative cheese making demonstration. What is for certain is that you will find plenty of serenity, amusement, and seriously fresh veggies. Here are the 10 best farmers markets in New Hampshire to experience all of this.
Every Tuesday, starting in June, some of New Hampshire’s most talented artisans and farmers descend on a Bedford parking lot with the freshest available products. From local berries and herbs to handcrafted soap and breads, the variety and quality at Bedford’s Market is staggering. The event also offers live entertainment, sure to keep antsy children and bored significant others satisfied.
The Community Farmers Market in Canterbury brings people together in a serious way. Vendors sell everything from raw milk to honey to potted plants, and the sense of togetherness is palpable. Join the Canterbury Community Farmers Market Association for a hands-on way to impact local farming and neighborhood cohesion.
You could spend the whole day at the Portsmouth’s market and still be wanting more. Grab a coffee and browse some local crafts or hand goods, or stock up for healthy meals throughout the week. Portsmouth Farmers Market also accepts EBT/SNAP and debit cards.
Set on the grounds of Franklin Regional Hospital, this market has a focus on health. Incredible vendors alongside demonstrations on topics such as making healthy snacks. They also offer free round trip bus transportation for all Franklin residents who call in advance.
Concord’s market is one of the oldest in the state—opening in 1981 and moving to its current location in 1988. Over all those years, they have perfected the art of the local market: Luscious produce, quality artisanal products, and nearly sinful baked goods. Some of the original vendors are still with the market, and many of the same customers too!
With both a summer and winter location, the Salem Farmers Market is a year-round option for quality, fresh foods and products. The founders of the Salem Market believe that, as produce grows from a single seed to a proud plant, so must a community be intentionally fostered. Stop by and take part in the incredible gathering this market has become.
Another year-round event, the Farmers Market of Keene is a ball of a time. The market accepts credit, debit, and EBT cards, and even offers a matching $10 for each customer using EBT/SNAP benefits.
Local products, a sense of community, and live music make the Local Work’s Market a worthwhile outing. Local Works also offers a matching opportunity for customers using EBT/SNAP benefits, their way of helping the neighbors eat a healthier diet.
The Lebanon Farmers Market is one of the best in the state for keeping antsy children entertained. A children’s art tent, live entertainment, and delicious goods will give you time to focus on the veggie varieties.
If you live in or visit the Lake’s Region, be sure to stop by the Laconia Farmers Market. Fresh local products and goods such as candles and soaps, in a relaxed atmosphere, with exceptionally friendly vendors. The perfect complement to time spent in this bucolic region of the state.