11 Outdoor Vermont Farmers Markets to Visit in 2021 (updated)
May 16, 2019
Outdoor Vermont farmers markets are a tradition every spring, summer, and fall. From Burlington and Brattleboro to Craftsbury and Dorset, 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.
When outdoor Vermont farmers markets first started popping up in the 1970s, there were a handful of offerings in towns like Montpelier, Brattleboro, and Norwich. Today, there are about 70 farmers markets across the state, selling everything from vegan sauces and Thai food to pasture-raised poultry and butcher block cutting boards.
*For the 2021 season, please be aware that COVID protocols remain in place for everyone’s safety.
Here are 11 outdoor Vermont farmers markets to visit between May and October in 2021.
The Norwich Farmers Market features more than 50 vendors from four counties in Vermont and New Hampshire. The market, which started in 1977, keeps a consistent ratio of agricultural products, prepared foods, and handmade crafts. The outdoor market kicked off in early May 2021 and is held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 281 Route 5 South (1.5 miles South of Exit 13 off I-91). Visit www.norwichfarmersmarket.org.
The Craftsbury Farmers Market will celebrate its 20th season when it opens May 22 on the scenic Craftsbury Common in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The market, which has a motto of “Food & Crafts Less Traveled,” includes vendors, live music, and special events. Craftsbury’s 2021 season features a diversity of products ranging from breads, eggs, cheese and maple syrup to new offerings of meat pies, soft pretzels, hot sauces, popcorn, granola, rillettes, galettes, Poulet à la Moutarde, pastries, gluten-free baked goods, and pierogi. 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 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www.craftsburyfarmersmarket.com.
The West River Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 29 for the 2021 season. A favorite among locals in southern Vermont since 1994, the market features a variety of produce, meat, cheeses, crafts, jewelry, honey, and more. The market, which hosts more than 40 vendors, is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the junction of Routes 11 and 100 in Londonderry. Visit www.westriverfarmersmarket.com.
Every Saturday, the Mad River Green is filled with 60 vendors for the Waitsfield Farmers Market. Visitors can pick up produce, plants, meats, and cheese, and more. The market starts Saturday, May 15 and is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the green, located off Route 100. Visit www.waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com.
The Ludlow Farmers Market kicks off May 28 with everything from wood-fired pizza and fresh bread to local produce and handmade soap. The market is held every Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the Okemo Mountain School, located at 53 Main Street in Ludlow. Visit www.ludlowfarmersmarket.org.
This year marks the 47th year for the Brattleboro Area Farmers Market. The market is full of Vermont flavor with local honey, fermented vegetables, fresh chaga, gluten free baked goods, tacos, fresh-pressed juice, vermouth, spirits, and more. Brattleboro’s market is also a zero-waste market, which means that all vendors serve their food in compostable packaging. The market, which opened for the season on May 1, runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s located along Route 9 in Brattleboro near the Creamery Covered Bridge. Visit www.brattleboroareafarmersmarket.com.
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 every Saturday at 133 State Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit capitalcityfarmersmarket.com.
The Dorset Farmers Market is now open for the season on Sundays. 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.
The Rutland Downtown Farmers Market includes meat, maple syrup, flowers, cheese, baked goods, handmade soaps, and more. The market opened for the season on Saturday, May 8, and runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Depot Park (the Wal-Mart parking lot) in Rutland. Visit vtfarmersmarket.org/markets/summer.
The Stowe Farmers Market starts its 2021 season on Sunday, May 16. The market features local fresh vegetables, baked goods, flowers, pottery, herbal products, jewelry, spirits, and more. The market is held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the green at 2043 Mountain Road. Visit www.stowefarmersmarket.com.
The Burlington Farmers Market 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. Stop by between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 345 Pine Street. Visit www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org.
What’s your favorite outdoor Vermont farmers market?
**This post has been updated for 2021. The original story was posted in 2019.