Yesterday the Middlebury Farmers Market opened for the 2008 season! Tom and I went down to check it out.
It was Tom’s first ever farmers market experience. There were a few notable themes to this farmers market. Being vermont, they were: Cheese and Maple Products. And then of course there was bread, all sorts of plants, salsa, pastry things, cookies, jams, preserves, and chutneys…
Behind Tom there is the bread guy. By the time we got to him he only had one kind of bread left and one lonely crossaint. The crossaint looked GREAT but I’d just eaten breakfast and was busy sampling a LOT of cheese. We had hoped for a baguette on which to enjoy our chevre – a fresh goat cheese. We got the herbed kind.
Above is the cheese display from Blue Ledge Farm. In the foreground are two aged goat cheeses – award winning. The colorful one is aged in an edible ash, which gives it this beautiful line through the center of the wheel. It was named Lakes Edge cheese because it reminded one of the farmer’s daughters of the edge of Lake Champlain. Also the closest one to the front of the picture is a brie-like cow cheese. In the background are the fresh goat cheeses. The farthest one is pepperjack, and the other one was herbed. I love sharp, tangy cheeses and the chevre was SO good. I ate like 3/4s of it yesterday with Caitlin while I was waiting for a cake to bake.
That’s me and my cheese, with Otter Creek Falls in the background. I wish I knew more about describing cheese, because I really do like it. I was supposed to take a Vermont Farmstead Cheese Tasting Workshop over J-term, but I got confused and missed it. I know that I can talk about the texture – this one was smooth…
Well, enough about cheese. We also invested in some homemade SALSA.
They had Mild, Medium, Hot, and Sweet n’ Sassy. Tom’s a baby and any spiciness makes him make funny faces. The Medium was about a 4 on a scale of 1-10. Just right, I thought. The mild, however, was full of flavor without any spiciness. The salsa’s really chunky and thick with fresh veggies, and as it says on the jar, it does NOT fall off of your chip. I plan on going back next weekend and getting a jar of mild to take home with me. Between 4 of us we ate over half of a jar of medium last might. Oops.
On a final note, this table of maple products and this old couple with their blue ribbons just kind of screamed VERMONT at me and I thought it was adorable: