May through October Thursday’s are by far my favorite day of the week. This is because in Rockland Thursday’s mean the Farmer’s Market is open!
By 9am on the grounds of the local public landing tents, tables, baskets, and crates of deliciousness abounds. Every week I look forward to fresh greens, root vegetables, fruits, cheese and other home-grown goods to fill my basket. Since I discovered the Farmer’s Market a few years ago I’ve developed a route around the market.
I first make a stop at Broken Acres – she has beautiful potatoes, beans, peas, root vegetables, corn and squash. Oh and last year she had husk tomatoes that I absolutely fell in love with and hope with all my might that she has again this fall! This week I picked up some mighty fine-looking broccoli!
My next stop is at Rolling Acres where I look forward to salad greens, cucumbers, zucchini, beets, radishes and lots of other goodies. I was thrilled to find gorgeous garlic scapes today which will become Garlic Scape Pesto!
As I wander around the bend I can’t miss Caitlin at Appleton Creamery where I get my fix of goat and sheep’s milk cheeses! My favorite is the Chevre in olive oil with herbs (depends on the season). Salad never tastes better than with little dollops of goat cheese with a bit of herbed olive oil! Today I also picked up some lime & pepper crusted sheep’s milk cheese – my 9-year-old will devour this if I allow – which I won’t! 🙂
A little bit further down the line I find myself at Dandelion Springs. When I walk up to Beth’s stand I have mixed feelings of joy and jealousy. Both emotions come from all of the wonderful produce she has to offer and I wish I had room to grow. She has everything rustically displayed in wooden crates lined with burlap – I love the look. She always has an abundance of a variety of lettuces and greens and this week had fennel (which I haven’t stopped talking about all day!), squash blossoms (so tasty when you fry them up), carrots. It was Beth that first got me to try pea shoots, sunflower sprouts and a variety of other things I never thought of eating. Today I picked up a bag of basil (the earwigs and slugs have eaten all mine) and of course a couple of fennel bulbs.
There are several other vendors at the Rockland Farmers Market that I stop in to see as well including Brae Maple Farm (great seedlings & herbs), Freyenhagen Family Farm (tasty maple syrup and my source for fiddleheads!), and Terra Optima (amazing grass-fed beef and pasture raised pork) who was missing in action last year but am thrilled to see again. There are several other vendors at the market all who have wonderful edibles to offer including baked goods, jams and jellies, lamb, eggs, ice cream, soap, chicken, flowers, and new this year wood-fired pizzas and bagels.
The long and short of it is…..if you find yourself in Rockland Maine on Thursday morning from 9 to 12:30 meander your way to Harbor Park and help yourself to the bounty of our local farmers!