I made it to the first annual Northampton Winter Fare Farmer's Market this past weekend. Unfortunately for me, I wasn't able to get to there until close to the end of the event, and almost all of the goodies had already been purchased. I saw the empty bins of breads, the picked-over root vegetables, completely empty crates that held greens, milks, lovely and soft sheep skins, pickles, and other tasty morsels. I was kicking myself for not having gotten over to the market as soon as it opened, but even at 1pm when I arrived and everything was exhausted, the market was still bustling. We returned home with a large container of Maple Syrup from Sunrise Farms in Colrain, MA, and Dutch Gold cheese from Chase Hill Farm in Warwick, MA. Delicious!!
Had I been organized, I'd have brought a few jars of jam to barter. The bartering room was small, but smelled of pickled goods as soon as we walked in. There were jams, pickles, and I think even dried beans that I saw out of the corner of my eye.
I'm looking forward to next year's event, and hope it proves to be even better (and I swear I'll get there first thing!)
If you missed the Northampton Winter Fare, fret not...There is a Winter Farmer's Market at the Greenfield High School on February 6, 2010 from 10am-2pm.