Foodie Trip in June--Thoughts?
My better half and I will be traveling in Maine/NH/VT for about 10 days in June. We love good food and we want to find hidden gems, perhaps some great farm to table places, etc. We will certainly plan at least parts of the trip just around some great eating, so we'd love to get your suggestions!
June is a bit early for some farmers markets but you might be surprised. You can get a list from each state's dept of agriculture. Right now the Tilton NH Winter Farmers Market is terrific (i.e. Mushroom guy and pasta guy, Lake Wini Cheese Company, etc). The Bratttleboro VT farmers market has several food vendors so you can get some lunch. If your visit coincides with strawberry season, you can get local yogurt and strawberries for dessert.
We enjoyed the food tour of Portland ME's Old Port Area. Unfortunately, they did not provide a list of the places we visited (unlike the Boston food tours).
Portland (and other places in Maine, like Rockland and Belfast) have a large number of farm-to-table restaurants of the highest quality. That being said, as mentioned below, won't be a lot of local produce in yet, but if your f-to-t includes seafood and meat, there will be lots of options. In Portland, famous places like Fore St., 555, and Hugo's come to mind, along with many others. Check this board further for Portland possibilities if you haven't been here before.
Lots and lots of GREAT farm to table options in Northern Vermont.
Hen of the Wood in Waterbury is fantastic. They will be opening a second location in Burlington in the near future. Love the Bobcat Cafe and Brewery in Bristol and Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes.
Any particular area(s) you are interested in visiting?
51 Wales St.
Solo Farm and Table
95 Middletown Rd.
South Londonderry, VT
Hen of the Woods
92 Stowe St.
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
1281 Waterbury Stowe Rd.
3 Main St.
Hunger Mountain Food Co-op
623 Stone Cutters Way
City Market/Onion River Food Co-op
82 S. Winooski Ave.
1069 Elm St.
78 Rt. 302
Vignola Cinque Terre
10 Dana St.
41 Berwick Rd.
Cook's Lobster House
68 Garrison Cove Rd.
Bailey Island, ME
The Brattleboro VT farmers market on Saturdays has some ethnic food vendors. It's a very festive market. The food truck that parks in the downtown Harmony parking lot has great Bahn Mi sandwiches and an interesting cold drink.
Saigon Asian market in Manchester and Nashua get a fresh food delivery around noon time on Sat and Sun. I have no idea what some of the desserts are but they taste good plus some unsual side dishes, pork rolls, fresh bread, bahn mi sandwiches, roast pork, etc.
The Concord NH Food Coop was recently remodeled. They have a hot food bar and Celery Stick "cafe". A lot of the fresh produce is locally grown. If you like their facebook page you get a daily post of what they have for lunch. Across the street, Bread and Chocolate is a wonderful European style bakery. A new start-up bakery on Main St is the Crust and Crumb. I think the young owner is using as much local ingredients as she can. You can like her fb page, too. I see one of her winter sandwiches was roasted vegetable pizzettes using local cheddar cheese.