Friday, July 29, 2011

A Market Afternoon


Yesterday was the perfect quiet summer afternoon. So, we slipped out of the office early and headed to the farmer's market at the municipal center in downtown Bethel. I've always loved the open space at the municipal center. It's a great spot for a whole host of summer activities.

This brand new market will be every Thursday through October from 3pm to 6pm at the Bethel Municipal Center. It's small but does have a nice variety of vendors from local produce, meat, bread and baked goods to flowers and garden accessories to tables for local organizations like DAWS. I think it adds nicely to the quaint small town vibe of downtown Bethel. For a complete list of the vendors check out the Town of Bethel website. I hear that additional vendors may join the market as the season progresses.

We didn't really need to get much in the way of produce, but I couldn't resist picking up a few things. We bought some corn and garlic from Holbrook Farm and some cabbage and beans from Percy Thomson Meadows Farm.

As we finished up our purchases, the smoky scent of BBQ wafted through the air. Oh yes, did I mention there's a BBQ vendor? Billy's Southern Style Barbecue. We're talking pulled pork, ribs, brisket and something called a bacon roll which is a pork tenderloin encased in spicy Italian sausage, then wrapped in bacon.  Looks like it's pretty popular because by the time we made our way over they were nearly sold out of everything. We were lucky to enjoy the last of the ribs. I'm no BBQ expert but I thought it sure tasted great.

Getting your local groceries and indulging in some BBQ, now that's a fun afternoon! I think this market has a lot of potential. I hope people take advantage of it. We certainly will be back.
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