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Newburyport Farmers Market, Ever Beautiful

Favorite farmers' markets in places I visit often each have a few wonders we cannot have in Kentucky, or don't have yet. In early August, in a light drizzle that felt like mid-September in New England, I enjoyed the Newburyport Farmers' Market in the historic seaport town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. As always, lines had formed for great veggies before the Market opened, and lines persisted in spite of drips.

Exotica at the Newburyport Farmers' Market, at least for this Kentuckian:

  • Folsom Sugar House: An all maple vendor, offering different grades, colors and textures of this marvelous tree-sourced food.
  • An all-butter vendor, offering ten or so types of flavored butters
  • Irish moss and Scottish moss—green-glowing ground cover options, I assume

On the other hand, many foods felt familiar, and most likely Lexington Farmers Market and Bluegrass Farmers Market vendors sold Kentucky versions of these foods at about the same time: onions, carrots, sweet corn, tomatoes and many vegetables, peaches, red raspberries, and late blueberries, pastured meats and cheeses (goat and cow, fresh and aged), gorgeous pastries—Almond Cloud!—and lovely coffee options—pour over, batch brewed, beans, cold brewed...and chai.

Thank heavens for all the people who work to grow food and do the extra work to bring it to us at farmers' markets.

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