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Sep 4, 2011 04:08 AM

Brattleboro VT Farmers Market is OPEN

The market area was a raging torrent last Sunday so we doubted we would be able to make a visit on 9/3 that we had planned. I checked during the week and saw that a work day was planned for 9/1 and the market would be open on Saturday as usual.


If you didn't notice the muddy leaves about 6' up on a tree, or the straw thrown down on a damp area you wouldn't know there had been a flood. This was our first visit since it's a long drive for us but I had heard it is considered one of Vermont's best markets. Once I read the list of vendors, I couldn't resist doing a road trip (that also included a long drive north to King Arthur Flour).

It was lunch time so we bee-lined to the Thai stand just to the right of the market entrance. There are a few picnic tables around, a huge sandbox for kids and music. It was almost like being at a fair. Lots of people having a good time and, of course, comparing notes about hurricane damage. My husband and I decided to split a plate of Red Curry and Thai iced tea. I chose a summer roll and he chose a stick of chicken satay claiming it one of the best he's ever had. The dipping sauces were great. I thought the Red Curry was very good considering it is kept hot for so long. We also liked the choice of white or brown rice.

If we had scoped things out first, we might have noticed a much longer line at the Thai vendor in the corner which offered some different items. I had save room for a stop at the Chinese stand where I chose dumplings and again, liked the vinegary dipping sauce. We both wondered at the African food stand (sorry, I don't remember the country) because we weren't familiar with any of the food but it sure had people ordering. Business seemed to be far slower at the pizza and other "American" food places.

Since we have a vegetable garden I didn't expect to buy vegetables but there was a nice selection of fruit including early apples. We were there too late to see who was selling the root attached to a long stalk. Was it ginger or galangal? There were healthy looking potted herbs as well as cut herbs. Wines, hard cider, handcrafts,cheeses , breads and massages! I was surprised not to find eggs but we got some local sweet sausage, a big cantaloup and a wonderful apple pie.

It was all very festive and very delicious. Cheers to the Vermonters who cleaned up the market area and re-built stands.

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  1. I love, love, love the Vietnamese and Mali (African) food at the farmer's market. Linh's serves pho and bun and both are delicious. The Mali-an food is so tasty and addictive, usually a peanut chicken and a beef dish. I'm not a fan of the Thai stand to the right that you mentioned but love the dim sum served near Linh's, they serve a steamed dumpling with local organic greens and that wonderful spicy/vinegary dipping sauce.

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    1. re: Bri

      I got the dumplings but not the steamed bun which is what I think you meant with organic greens. Now we have to go back to try the other Thai stand AND the Mali food.

      I think Manchester NH might be the only market that has ethnic food stands at their farmers market. The markets near us are very small and not as festive as the one in Brattleboro. Someone said Rutland VT has a great market.

      1. re: dfrostnh

        At the Montpelier farmer's market there's always a tamale place, an egg roll place (Jing Ji's), a Pakistani/Afghanistani place, and an African samosa spot. :)

        1. re: dfrostnh

          The bun I was referring to is Bun Bo, a Vietnamese noodle dish with beef and fish sauce. Like pho without the broth....good stuff.

      2. Oh and the fabulous chai at Chai Wallah!

        1. wow, this market looks great!! i've never been and actually, never even looked into it. i feel a day trip in my future...

          1. So glad to hear it. This wonderful market is worth a trip. One question I had was is route 9 open so the poor folks in flood-ravaged Wilmington can get there?

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            1. re: 3catsnh

              On Sat 9/3, there was a sign on I89 that Rt 9 was closed. We only drove as far as the farmers market. There's a website you can check for road closures, www it shows rt 9 is open for local access only.