These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Vermont For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Vermont offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Vermont? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Vermont farmers markets:

  1. Burlington Farmers Market, Burlington, VT
  2. Caledonia Farmers Market Association – Saturday, St. Johnsbury, VT
  3. Capital City Farmers Market – Outdoor, Montpelier, VT
  4. Manchester Farmers Market, Manchester Center, VT
  5. Jericho Farmers Market @ Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, VT
  6. Norwich Farmers Market, Norwich, VT
  7. The Dorset Farmers Market, Dorset, VT
  8. Jeffersonville Farmers And Artisan Market, Jeffersonville, VT
  9. Capital City Farmers Market – Indoor, Montpelier, VT
  10. Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Middlebury, VT

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Vermont or the cheapest place to live in Vermont.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Vermont?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Vermont, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Green Mountain State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Vermont, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Burlington Farmers Market

Burlington Farmers Market -- Burlington, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 94.3
City: Burlington, VT
Address: None, Burlington, VT 5401
Times: Sat: 8:30 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Caledonia Farmers Market Association – Saturday

Caledonia Farmers Market Association - Saturday -- St. Johnsbury, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: St. Johnsbury, VT
Address: Pearl St, St. Johnsbury, VT 5819
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Capital City Farmers Market – Outdoor

Capital City Farmers Market - Outdoor -- Montpelier, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Montpelier, VT
Address: 60 State Street, Montpelier, VT 5601
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Manchester Farmers Market

Manchester Farmers Market -- Manchester Center, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Manchester Center, VT
Address: Adams Park, RT. 7A, Manchester Center, VT 5255
Times: Thu: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

5. Jericho Farmers Market @ Mills Riverside Park

Jericho Farmers Market  @ Mills Riverside Park -- Jericho, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Jericho, VT
Address: Mills Riverside Park, Route 15, Jericho, VT 5465
Times: Thu: 3:00 PM-6:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Norwich Farmers Market

Norwich Farmers Market -- Norwich, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Norwich, VT
Address: 281 Route 5 South, Norwich, VT 5055
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. The Dorset Farmers Market

The Dorset Farmers Market -- Dorset, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Dorset, VT
Address: 2732 Vermont 30, Dorset, VT 5251
Times: Sun: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Jeffersonville Farmers And Artisan Market

Jeffersonville Farmers And Artisan Market -- Jeffersonville, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Jeffersonville, VT
Address: 49 Old Main St., Jeffersonville, VT 5646
Times: Wed: 4:30 PM-8:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Capital City Farmers Market – Indoor

Capital City Farmers Market - Indoor -- Montpelier, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Montpelier, VT
Address: 89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 5601
Times: Sat: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

10. Middlebury Farmers’ Market

Middlebury Farmers' Market -- Middlebury, VT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Middlebury, VT
Address: MarbleWorks, Middlebury, VT 5753
Times: Wed: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Sat: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Vermont

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Green Mountain State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Vermont

Name City Rank Score
Burlington Farmers Market Burlington 1 94.3
Caledonia Farmers Market Association – Saturday St. Johnsbury 2 85.7
Capital City Farmers Market – Outdoor Montpelier 3 82.9
Manchester Farmers Market Manchester Center 4 77.1
Jericho Farmers Market @ Mills Riverside Park Jericho 5 77.1
Norwich Farmers Market Norwich 6 77.1
The Dorset Farmers Market Dorset 7 77.1
Jeffersonville Farmers And Artisan Market Jeffersonville 8 74.3
Capital City Farmers Market – Indoor Montpelier 9 71.4
Middlebury Farmers’ Market Middlebury 10 71.4
Northwest Farmers Market, Inc. St. Albans 11 71.4
Hardwick Farmers’ Market Hardwick 12 71.4
Jericho Farmers Market – Winter Jericho 13 71.4
Waitsfield Farmers’ Market Waitsfield 14 71.4
Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market Brattleboro 15 68.6
Richmond Farmers Market Richmond 16 68.6
Caledonia Farmers Market Association – Danville Danville 17 68.6
Milton Farmers Market Milton 18 65.7
Winooski Farmers Market Winooski 19 62.9
Groton Growers Farmers’ Market Groton 20 62.9
South Burlington Farmers Market South Burlington 21 60.0
Rutland County Farmers’ Market Inc Rutland 22 60.0
Caledonia Farmers Market Association – Winter St. Johnsbury 23 60.0
Putney Farmers’ Market – Outdoor/summer Putney 24 60.0
The Vermont Farmers Market- At The Vermont Farmers Food Center Rutland 25 57.1
Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market Brattleboro 26 57.1
Springfield Farmer’s Market Springfield 27 57.1
Greater Falls Farmers Market Bellows Falls 28 57.1
Windsor Farmers Market Windsor 29 57.1
Poultney Farmers Market Poultney 30 57.1
Lyndon Farmers Market Lyndonville 31 57.1
Norwich Winter Farmers Market Norwich 32 57.1
Ludlow Farmers Market Inc. Ludlow 33 57.1
Chelsea Farmers’ Market Chelsea 34 57.1
Walloomsac Farmers’ Market Bennington 35 54.3
Bristol Farmers’ Market Bristol 36 54.3
Waterbury Farmers Market Waterbury 37 54.3
Brandon Farmers Market Brandon 38 54.3
Mt. Tom Farmers’ Market Woodstock 39 54.3
Putney Farmers’ Market – Indoor/winter Putney 40 54.3
Hartland Farmers’ Market Hartland 41 54.3
Greensboro Farmers’ Market Greensboro 42 54.3
Five Corners Farmers Market Essex Junction 43 51.4
Newport, Vt Farmers Market Newport 44 51.4
Bradford Farmers Market Bradford 45 51.4
Rochester Farmers Market And Exchange Rochester 46 51.4
Waterbury Farmers Market Waterbury 47 48.6
Vergennes Farmers Market Vergennes 48 45.7
Richford Farmers’ Market Richford 49 42.9
Lyndonville Farmers’ Market Lyndonville 50 40.0
Fair Haven Farmers Market (The Vermont Farmers Market) Fair Haven 51 37.1
Burlington New North End Farmers Market Burlington 52 34.3
Barre Farmers Market Barre 53 34.3
Enosburgh Falls Farmers Market Enosburg Falls 54 34.3
Hinesburg Lions Farmers’ Market Hinesburg 55 34.3
Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market – Downtown Market Brattleboro 56 31.4
Johnson Farmers Market Johnson 57 28.6
Chester Farmers Market Chester 58 28.6
Middlebury Farmers’ Market Middlebury 59 11.4
Middlebury Farmers’ Market Middlebury 60 5.7
Fletcher Allen’s Farmers’ Market Burlington 61 0.0
Lamoille Valley Year Round Farmers Artisan Market Morrisville 62 0.0
Randolph Farmers Market Randolph 63 0.0
Castleton Village Farmers’ Market Castleton 64 0.0
Woodstock Market On The Green Woodstock 65 0.0
Bethel Farmers Market Bethel 66 0.0
North Troy Farmers Market North Troy 67 0.0

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