Market Season: Farmers Return to Area Booths

Spring has sprung and so have the farmers’ markets!

Some of the local markets have already opened and some are getting ready to open soon. There are also a couple with new hours. All these spring and summer markets run through October. If you’re interested in some super fresh produce and supporting local vendors, check them out.

Here’s the rundown:

The Keene Farmers’ Market on Gilbo Avenue across from Lindy’s Diner opened April 20 with some new hours: Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m. The market offers a great selection of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, eggs, preserves and maple products.

There are also baked goods available and local crafters selling furniture, soaps and jewelry. SNAP benefits are accepted. For more information, visit keenefarmersmarket.com.

The Rindge Farmers and Crafters Market will open May 16 and will continue every Thursday, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the West Rindge Common Park on Route 202 at Bradford Street. The market offers local meats, produce, baked goods, jams and handmade items. For more information, check out its Facebook page, facebook.com/rindgefarmersandcraftersmarket.

Hinsdale Farmers Market will be open starting May 19 and will be at the Millstream Park (River Park), right off Main Street, with Sunday hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. SNAP benefits accepted. For more information, visit on Facebook at facebook.com/HinsdaleFarmersMarket.

The Chesterfield Farmers’ Market will open May 25 and is held Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon, on Route 63 in the town’s center. The market is a venue for Chesterfield farmers, gardeners and food producers to sell to the public. For more information, or visit on Facebook at facebook.com/chesterfieldfarmersmarket.

The Hancock Farmers Market is expected to open May 19 and will run on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Carriage Sheds behind Hancock Church. This market will be offering local food and crafts from Hancock and surrounding areas. For more information, check out its Facebook page at facebook.com/hancockfarmersmarket.

Peterborough has two farmers’ markets:

The Peterborough Farmers’ Market, which is located at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm St., runs on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. They offer fresh produce, eggs, meat, goat milk products, baked goods, sweaters, jewelry, yarns and more. For more information, visit on Facebook at facebook.com/PeterboroughNHFarmersMarket.

There is also the Fresh Chicks Local Outdoor Market, opening on May 6 and running on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This market is located right outside Monadnock Community Hospital at 452 Old Street Road and it offers fresh produce, eggs, meat, pickles, felt, furniture, cheese, goat milk products, baked goods, ice cream, coffee, crafts and more. They also have occasional live music.

For more information, find Fresh Chicks Local Outdoor Market on Facebook.

Brattleboro also has two farmers markets:

The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market opens May 4 and runs on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 570 Western Avenue on Route 9. This market offers agricultural products, handmade crafts, prepared food and live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. SNAP benefits accepted.

There is also a downtown market which will open on May 28 and run on Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m., at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. This market is a little smaller than the Saturday market, but offers fresh farm produce and goods, as well as prepared foods from on-site food vendors. SNAP benefits accepted. Information for both markets is available at brattleboroareafarmersmarket.com.

Some of the other local farmers’ markets won’t be opening until late June:

TEAM Jaffrey’s Community Farmers’ Market is opening June 19 and will run every Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., on the Jaffrey Common. There will be local artisans, farmers, bakers and more. SNAP benefits accepted. For more information, visit teamjaffrey.org/jaffrey-community-farmers-market.html.

The Winchester Farmer’s Market on Main is at 111 Main St., and will open in June and run on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be growers, bakers, prepared food, artisans, crafters and occasional live music. SNAP benefits accepted. For more information, visit winchesterfarmersmarketnh.org.

The farmers’ market in Harrisville will not be returning for the 2019 season.