Waitsfield Farmers' Market
The Waitsfield Farmers' Market is one of the largest and most popular in the state. This is where locals go to get their produce and meat for the week, but the live music, prepared food vendors and large selection of handmade crafts makes this a "must do" for visitors to the Valley and throughout central Vermont. The Mad River Green starts buzzing early in the morning when the farmers and craftspeople begin to set up their displays and by 9am, when the market officially opens, it is vibrant and festive.
What You'll Find at the Waitsfield Farmers' Market
Locally Grown Produce, Meats and Eggs
There is a wide-variety of veggies, fruit, meats and eggs from local farmers. Some farmers are organically certified and others use sustainable farming techniques. Every season brings new offerings, from tender salad greens and radishes in the first few markets to winter squash, kale and potatoes at the last market in mid-October. Pork, chicken, beef, lamb and goat are regularly available at the market and sometimes you will even be able to get line-caught, wild salmon from a local who spends his summers fishing in Alaska.
Cut Flowers, Vegetable Starts, Plants and Trees
Seasonal cut flowers are always available at the Waitsfield Farmers' Market. In the late spring, many of the vegetable farmers offer vegetable starts for those who have their own gardens. Perennial plants and native trees can be found at the market throughout the season.
Cut Flowers and Plants
Over the years more vendors who add value to locally grown veggies and meats have joined the vendor ranks. Cheese, dried meats and sausages, fermented vegetables and products made with maple are examples of the range of value-added products you will find at the Waitsfield Farmers' Market.
The market offers plenty of options for snacking, enjoying lunch or a take-home dinner to serve later in the day. Offerings typically feature locally grown food and are prepared while you wait. Ice cream is popular with kids of all ages and there are usually several types of baked good available.
The Waitsfield Farmers' Market is also a well-curated craft fair with pottery, wood-carved products, knit hats, tie-dyed tee-shirts and paintings. This makes it a perfect place for gift-shopping if you are looking for unique, one-of-a-kind presents.
Fun and Educational Activities for Kids
Each week there are new, fun activities for kids. It might be a storyteller, oxen-pulled wagon rides or face painting. The Waitsfield Farmers' Market is a family activity and there is something for everyone, no matter the age. As a dog-friendly market, it is also a fun opportunity for your four-legged friends to do some socializing.
Weekly Guest Vendors
Even if you go to the Waitsfield Farmers' Market every week, it will never be the same experience twice because of the rotating cadre of guest vendors who are at the market throughout the season. Sometimes a vendor only has products during certain times of the year such as farmers who only grow strawberries or blueberries. In other cases, such as winemakers, craft brewers and spirit distillers, they attend several central Vermont markets throughout the season and are only wa the Waitsfield Farmers' Market one or two times a year.