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12 Outdoor Vermont Farmers Markets to Visit in 2024

Outdoor Vermont farmers markets are a tradition every spring, summer and fall.

From Burlington and Brattleboro to Craftsbury and Vershire, you will find town greens, local parks and parking lots transformed into pop-up marketplaces offering locally grown produce, handmade jewelry, craft beer, grass-fed beef and more.

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-A handful of Vermont communities offered farmers markets in the 1970s. Courtesy photo/Vermont Landscape Change program.

When outdoor Vermont farmers markets first started in the 1970s, there were a handful of offerings in towns like Montpelier, Brandon, Brattleboro and Norwich.

Today, there are about 70 farmers markets across the state, selling everything from vegan sauces and kombucha to pasture-raised poultry and butcher block cutting boards.

12 outdoor Vermont farmers markets to visit

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-A vibrant display of fresh produce at a Vermont outdoor farmers market.

Vershire

The new Vershire Artisan & Farmers’ Market starts May 19, 2024 and takes place every Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Lucas Daniels, a Vershire resident who owns Broken Shovel Farm with his wife, Meg, came up with the idea for the market. He’s been organizing the new market in partnership with VerShare, a local nonprofit to help support the community.

About 15 vendors have signed up so far for the new market, including Goat Ridge Hemp, Easy Street Sweets, Tiny Pebble Design and Copper Blossom Farm.

The outdoor market, which runs through Sept. 15, is at the Vershire Town Center, located at 27 Vershire Center Road. Visit vafm.mailchimpsites.com.

Vermont outdoor farmers market Montpelier

-The Capital City Farmers Market in Montpelier is a popular gathering place on Saturdays.

Montpelier

The Capital City Farmers Market in Montpelier has been bringing local producers and customers together since 1977. A variety of vendors sell local meat, vegetables, jewelry, flowers and more.

The market is open for the 2024 season runs on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 133 State Street. Visit capitalcityfarmersmarket.com.

Norwich

The Norwich Farmers Market features more than 50 vendors from four neighboring counties in Vermont and New Hampshire. The market, which started in 1977, keeps a consistent ratio of agricultural products, prepared foods, and handmade crafts and features weekly live music.

The outdoor market is open for the season and is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 281 Route 5 South (1 mile south of King Arthur Flour). Visit www.norwichfarmersmarket.org.

Craftsbury

The Craftsbury Farmers Market opens May 25, 2024 with products ranging from breads, eggs and cheese to beef, kombucha and baked goods. Free family-friendly entertainment every Saturday and special events throughout the season will set the stage for a fun experience for all.

The market is held Saturdays on the Craftsbury Common from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www.craftsburyfarmersmarket.com.

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Brown’s Orchard & Farmstand at the Rutland Downtown Farmers Market.

Rutland

The Rutland Downtown Farmers Market includes meat, maple syrup, flowers, cheese, baked goods, handmade soaps and more. The market is open for the 2024 season and runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Depot Park (the Wal-Mart parking lot) in Rutland. Visit vtfarmersmarket.org/markets/summer.

Londonderry

The West River Farmers Market opens May 25 for the 2024 season.  A favorite among locals in southern Vermont since 1994, the market features a variety of produce, meat, cheeses, crafts, jewelry, honey and more.

Shop from more than 40 vendors on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located next to the junction of Routes 11 and 100 in Londonderry. Visit www.westriverfarmersmarket.com.

Waitsfield

Every Saturday, the Mad River Green is filled with dozens of vendors for the Waitsfield Farmers Market. Visitors can pick up produce, plants, meats, and cheese and more.

The 2024 market starts May 18 and is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the green, located off Route 100 in Waitsfield. Visit www.waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com.

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-Fresh radishes for sale at a Vermont farmers market. 

Ludlow

The Ludlow Farmers Market kicks off May 26, 2024 with everything from fresh produce to local cheeses and handcrafted beverages. The market is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the market’s new location on Depot Street in Ludlow.  Visit ludlowmarket.org.

Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Area Farmers Market features plenty of Vermont flavor with fresh veggies, meat, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, handcrafted jewelry and more.

The market is open for the 2024 season and runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 570 Western Ave. Visit www.brattleboroareafarmersmarket.com.

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-The Dorset Farmers Market is located outside of H.N. Williams Store. 

Dorset

The Dorset Farmers Market is open for the season. Customers can find everything from baked goods and organic vegetables from local producers. The market sells produce, meats, cheeses, hemp, bread, dog treats, specialty food items and more.

Stop by Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The market is located next to H.N. Williams Store on Route 30. Visit www.dorsetfarmersmarket.com.

Stowe

The Stowe Farmers Market started its 2024 season on Mother’s Day. The market features local fresh vegetables, baked goods, flowers, pottery, herbal products, jewelry, spirits and more.  Stop by between 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its new location at Topnotch Field, 3420 Mountain Road in Stowe. Visit www.stowefarmersmarket.com.

Burlington

The Burlington Farmers Market, now open for the season, started in 1980 and has been a fixture ever since. The Burlington Farmers Market is where you will find seasonal produce, pottery, paintings, prepared foods, flowers and more every Saturday between May and October.  Stop by between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 345 Pine Street. Visit www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org.

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-Stopping for gelato at the Burlington Farmers Market on Pine Street.

 

 

 

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15 Comments
  • Lotty Roozekrans
    Posted at 10:26h, 17 May Reply

    Thank you for the nice write-up on the Waitsfield Farmers Market! – Lotty, WFM Market Manager

    • Erica
      Posted at 11:33h, 17 May Reply

      Thanks, Lotty! Have a great season! -Erica

  • Amanda
    Posted at 11:52h, 17 May Reply

    Yeah! Love the Waitsfield market, it’s like a festival every weekend.

    • Erica
      Posted at 08:18h, 19 May Reply

      Hi Amanda — Waitsfield is so great! Yes, it definitely feels like a festival. -Erica

  • Diana jordan
    Posted at 18:49h, 20 May Reply

    St Johnsbury! Every Saturday in the summer. Lots of vendors, live music, great produce and handmade goods!

    • Erica
      Posted at 13:18h, 21 May Reply

      Hi Diana — Great to hear! I will have to check out the St. J market over the summer. Thanks! -Erica

  • Sherry Toplyn
    Posted at 10:02h, 21 May Reply

    You left out my favorite, the Manchester Farmers Market in Manchester Center. It’s open every Thursday (rain or shine) from May 23 to October 3, 3-6 p.m. in Adams Park, 5101 Main Street (7A). Every time I visit, it feels like the essence of Vermont … friendly, unique producer-only vendors, great live music, terrific kids’ programs starting in June and tons of free samples.

    • Erica
      Posted at 13:17h, 21 May Reply

      Hi Sherry — Manchester does have a nice market! I included Dorset in this piece and didn’t want to list farmers’ markets in towns right next to each other. Great suggestion, though. Thank you! -Erica

  • Bethany M. Dunbar
    Posted at 07:37h, 26 May Reply

    Come see us this summer at the Hardwick Farmers Market on Granite Street – the historic site of the Woodbury Granite Company. We’re building a pavilion. 🙂 Every Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m.

    • Erica
      Posted at 09:29h, 27 May Reply

      Thank you, Bethany! The pavilion will be perfect for the market. Thanks for letting me know. -Erica

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  • Larry Bohen
    Posted at 13:24h, 12 May Reply

    Erica; Thank you so much for profiling the Craftsbury Farmers Market. Following our 2020 Covid-19 context market, this season is shaping up to be extremely strong especially with new food vendors offering the most diverse selections we’ve ever had. Vendor applications are still coming in!

  • Cassie Morse
    Posted at 09:02h, 14 May Reply

    We invite you to visit the Northfield Farmers Market! We have more vendors, music and events this summer than ever before. We’re located on the town Common, in the heart of beautiful downtown Northfield surrounded by awesome businesses like Good Measure Pub & Brewery, Depot Square Pizzeria and much more! Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

    • Erica
      Posted at 07:23h, 16 May Reply

      Hi Cassie,

      Thank you for sharing this info! I will put Northfield on my list of markets to visit this summer. Thanks for being in touch! -Erica

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