July 30 and Aug. 4, 2011
market produce photographed at Pemaquid Point
Bath Farmers Market, Thursday, July 30, 2011
Boothbay Farmers Market, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2011
On a week-long vacation in Maine, I visited two farmers markets, from among the dozens that spring to life in the summer months. The Maine Federation of Farmers Markets
maintains a list of them. On Saturday, I dropped by the well-attended and well-stocked Bath Farmers Market
, at its picturesque waterfront site. This market’s bylaws
assure that at least 75 percent of what is on each table was grown by the vendor. “Buy-ins” that can account for the remaining quarter of goods sold must be approved in advance, and “may not compete against the produced goods of other members.”
Bath Farmers Market
Bath, Maine / map
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Boothbay Farmers Market
Rte. 27 at Back River Rd.
Boothbay, Maine / map
Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon
On Thursday, I paid a visit to the Boothbay Farmers Market, located on the town common alongside the main highway into town. This is a market for “farmer produced” goods, the web site’s homepage promises, though the rules explaining how that term is defined aren’t posted.
– Mark Thompson
What I Bought
(clockwise from upper left) Red Norland, Yukon gold, all red and all blue potatoes
These tiny, tasty berries are actually semi-wild, judging from the description of the woman who sold them to me at the Boothbay farmers market. They are from a field that is tended by her husband, she said. He harvests berries from the plants every other year, and burns the fields in between, to keep the forest at bay.
A sampling of summer squash (top), and zucchini with blossom (right)
Price: $2/bunch for turnips
Both male and female squash blossoms are interchangeably edible. This is a female blossom, with the baby zucchini still attached.
Squash blossom recipes
cherry tomatoes, tropea onions and green zebra tomatoes (top), and a sampling of other heirloom tomatoes (below)
Price: $2.50/bunch for onions
$3.50/pint for cherry tomatoes
$3.50/lb. for heirloom tomatoes
goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves