As the movement to source food and goods locally continues to grow, farmers’ markets all over the country have become increasingly popular, reflecting the culture and geography of their communities. Now in its eighth year, the Lebanon Farmers’ Market, which in the summer is held at Colburn Park, has become a weekly destination for hundreds of locals and visitors in Lebanon, many of whom live a healthy, active lifestyle.
“I’ve worked in a few different farmers’ markets before this, and what I love about this one is that it is a meeting place, a gathering spot for friends and family, and a great source of community,” says coordinator Lindsay Smith.
The year-round market offers produce and other offerings—vegetables, fruit, herbs, honey, syrup, meat, cheeses, eggs, and more—from 27 farms, 10 local artisans, and 10 prepared food vendors, all of whom are located with a 60-mile radius of Lebanon. Among the more eclectic offerings are East Coast Sales selling locally-made dog bones and chews, Gizmo’s Pickles, and Cobb Hill, serving up frozen yogurts. Shoppers can also peruse artisanal booths offering jewelry, stained glass, pottery, and reusable cloth products. In addition, each week brings different activities for kids, including art workshops provided by the local AVA Gallery and Art Center .
Prepared food vendors provide shoppers an additional mix of ethnic options, including Argentine specialties at Ana’s Empanadas, samosas from the Samosaman, chewy pretzels from Pretzel Village, curry from James and Mom Thai Asian Tastes, and dopyaza mantu from Pakistani Food.
There’s music at the market provided by folk and traditional musicians from around New England who play while residents shop. Time it right, and you can grab some gourmet goodies for an evening picnic to enjoy while listening to the Front Porch Concert Series in the park, put on by the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon Parks, and Recreation, and Point Radio.
“It’s really perfect,” Smith says. “People come to chat and catch up with their neighbors and family. They can do their shopping, grab dinner at one of the prepared food stands, have a picnic, and listen to live music all in the park. It’s really made this a destination location in the summer.”