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Belfast Farmers Market

November 6th, 2012

This past Friday Mr Chiots and I headed over to Belfast, ME to hit the farmers market. It was amazingly well stocked with root vegetables, seafood, cheese, yogurt, baked goods, soap, and even water buffalo meat.

We grabbed a few items like goat milk yogurt, brussels sprouts, beets and a few scallops (yes there was seafood at the market). Mr Chiots snagged a big chewy triple ginger cookie which was made with real ingredients like butter, organic cane syrup, and fresh ginger. I’m really looking forward to trying a water buffalo steak next week, it’s such a unique item to see.

What’s the most interesting item you’ve spotted at your local farmers market?

11 Comments to “Belfast Farmers Market”
  1. Maybelline on November 6, 2012 at 5:07 am

    The Asian vegetable stands. I don’t know what most of the items are.

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  2. Stone soup on November 6, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Belfast has a nice farmers market, the summer market is outstanding! Until last year they used to close down one of the main streets and the market was held right in the street. It had a terrific feel! You should try firefly farm’s hand pies and biscotti. Billie is a wonderful cook and uses all locally sourced organic ingredients! Yum! Her hummus and bread is delish too! I am sure you and Mr. Chiots are enjoying having fresh seafood. We are really spoiled to have such provisions available to us!

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  3. Kathi Cook on November 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I just bought a pair of fantastic alpaca socks for hiking at my local farmer’s market. They may even beat out Smart Wool for me in comfort. Your market looks amazing. I love visiting farmer’s markets when we are vacationing somewhere. The summer Portland Maine market was fantastic.

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  4. Annie on November 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    The most interesting thing we see around here at our market is dogs wearing hats and sunglasses. The food items sold are fairly standard. However, there is a really nice Hispanic couple that sell some excellent and unusual varieties of peppers and eggplant.

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  5. Johanna on November 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Super jealous you guys still have a market that’s going strong. Here is SE Wisconsin, most of our markets quit sometime in October. And buying fresh seafood at the market? How awesome is that! Yum.

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  6. Songbirdtiff on November 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Wow! What a wonderful variety. We have a great farmer’s market, in terms of atmosphere, but the variety seems to be lacking. Many of the sellers offer the same varieties. This one sounds very interesting.

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  7. Sue on November 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I really like buying flour that was grown and milled right here in Maine. Also sunflower oil. Then when I make bread it is a truly local loaf. Local honey or maple syrup for sweetener. If I don’t make sourdough I have to buy non-local yeast, but that is a small thing!

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  8. whit on November 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Sadly, in the middle of farm country, we don’t have a farmer’s market. Can you believe it? Most things get sold to Seattlites up north, and we are left with imports from Yakima being sold as “local”, even though it is grown 150 miles away on the other side of the Cascades.

    In our last house, we lived near a farmer’s market on the Puget Sound. The diversity there was great–it wasn’t so much the produce one could get there that was the draw as was the meals. There was Polish, Vietnamese, and Jamaican foods to be had. So delish!

    I think i miss that the most.

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  9. Joan on November 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    The border collies owned by the local yarn/handmade sweater lady. She brings one or two of her young herding dogs to the market with her every week, and they run around and play with all the kids (and adults)!

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  10. MountainMisty on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I was excited to be able to purchase a little bonsai tree at our farmers market, from a local bonsai guy….an odd item, but I purchased one and it put a smile on my face. :o)

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    • Susy on November 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

      That’s such a great item for the farmers market!

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