We have spent the last week in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The mother of a close friend has a home here and she so nicely rented it to us. It has been a blast staying in a home where we recognize all of the pictures on the wall and one where we are greeted with Peppermint Patties in the candy dishes (side note: I am completely obsessed with Peppermint Patties and it is because of this family).
When she sent us information that we would need while staying here, one of the things that she mentioned was that “traffic can get a bit crazy on Tuesday afternoons because of the weekly Farmer’s Market in Grove Park”. Immediately I smiled ear to ear and got pretty excited. Not only was I getting the chance to go to a Farmer’s Market while we are on vacation, but it was one that I could walk to, AND, it was during H’s nap. Bonus!
Tuesday came, we headed to the beach in the morning, and came home just in time to watch some of the preparations for the Rehoboth Beach Farmer’s Market. Just the smell of the food being grilled and the sight of the tents being put up had me excited. My mom and dad, G and C, and I walked over to gather some local goods. I brought my plain old (not for long;) canvas tote and we walked about 100 feet to the start of the market.
Fifer Orchards was our first stop. It was pretty hard to resist their peaches and apple cider donuts (Ben’s favorite). As I stood there chatting with a woman from the Orchard (one of my favorite things to do), I was handed a brochure about a Farm to Table Dinner that would be held featuring food from their farm. Every Thursday night a local restaurant has a Farm to Table style dinner, featuring fresh produce from a different local farm each week. A fabulous idea!
We walked up and down the rows, stopping at many of the upwards of 40 vendors tables, talking, and learning about their products. There were fresh farmhouse eggs, numerous produce stands, a stand selling wheatgrass and beet salad, one with fresh lily bouquets, and even one with fig jam! The list went on and on.
One stand that we passed at first, Bennet’s Orchard, had a line 15 people deep. My dad and I were puzzled as to why people were waiting in line for blueberries that they could get just down the way with no line. We grabbed a pint on the way out because we HAD to taste them. They were certainly big and delicious, made me crave some more from Weaver’s when we get back home!
The last tent in the row was for Pappardelle’s Pasta. My mom and I’s jaws dropped at the same time as we walked up to this tent. They were selling a TON of varieties of freshly homemade pasta. #OBSESSED immediately! How could we ever choose which ones to get? My mom ended up picking Lemon Basil Orzo (I don’t know how she stuck with just one) while I had to have Whole Wheat Garlic Fettuccine, Spring Vegetable Medley Orzo, and Basil Garlic Fettuccine. Seriously, I couldn’t get enough of even looking at this stuff. I can’t wait to research this place when I get home!
Kombucha has been all the rage these days. I see it everywhere I look on the internet. So, as we passed by a stand selling Cherry Vanilla Kombucha, I grabbed a glass. I gotta say, at this point in time, I am not a huge fan. I TOTALLY realize that I should keep trying it, and I will. Let’s just say I am not running to the next stand and waiting in a line for Kombucha.
We all walked back from the Farmer’s Market together with that plain canvas bag filled to its brim with fruits, vegetables, jams, pasta, and Watermelon Lemonade and Kombucha in hand. I couldn’t help but think how I was more fulfilled seeing this community come together to share a love for freshness and buying local!
So, you are headed to the beach for a week, or even heading on a road trip or out west for a few weeks, make sure to put a Farmer’s Market on your list of to-do’s while you are there. It is the perfect way to submerge yourself in the local culture and see what local craftsman, farms, and producers have to offer in an area that you may not be all that familiar with!
Here are some suggestions for finding a Farmer’s Market while away:
- Start researching before you leave. Search for farmer’s markets and the town(s) where you will be staying.
- LocalHarvest.org is a great site to find local Farmer’s Markets.
- When you get to the place you are going, ask around. I am sure locals and shop owners will know of any nearby.
- Call the township building and ask. They may have some good suggestions for farms, farm stands, etc. nearby.
What are your favorite Farmer’s Markets to visit? At home, or away…