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Visit the Waitsfield Farmers Market this Spring

Travel has evolved a lot over the past couple of years, and one trend we’ve noticed is that people want to support local communities more than ever with their dollar. And the Waitsfield Farmers Market is an excellent way to champion small businesses, hardworking local farmers, and craftspeople. It’s a way to guarantee that your spending is circling back into the local ethos, as you’ll be interacting directly with owners and those who put in tireless hours to grow fresh flowers, vegetables, and fruits, as well as the artisans creating beautiful products and goods.

The Waitsfield Farmers Market runs from mid-May to mid-October on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. The town of Waitsfield might be most known for the Mad River Glen Ski Resort—one of the few remaining ski cooperatives in the US—but this charming bedroom community is also rich in agriculture, artists, and creatives. This only adds to the festive atmosphere of this local market, often with live music drifting in the breeze. 

As a guest at our charming Vermont B&B, you’ll be a quick ten-minute drive from the Waitsfield Farmers Market, and it’s a welcome addition to any Saturday in our area. While you’ll want to join us for our home-cooked breakfast—we use local, farm-fresh ingredients whenever possible—you’ll find fantastic prepared food options for a lovely lunch at the market. After a day of adventure in the Mad River Valley, we’ll be ready to welcome you back. Cozy up by the fire with a glass of wine, relax in your beautifully appointed guest suite, and let the stress of the daily grind melt away. Book your room and let the adventure begin in Vermont today!

Waitsfield Farmers Market, photo of a beautiful bunch of tulips

The Best Finds at the Waitsfield Farmer's Market

With popular attractions like the Vermont Cheese Trail, Ben & Jerry’s factory, and a wide variety of local farmers and artisans throughout the state, it should come as no surprise that one of our favorite things to do in the Mad River Valley is to visit the local Waitsfield Farmers Market. If there’s one thing farmers markets do well, it’s creating a sense of community and connecting growers, artisans, and visitors in one central place.

There are more than 50 vendors offering fresh produce, flowers, seedlings, honey, wool, eggs, locally and humanely raised meats, cheeses, maple syrup, vegetables, and many other farm products. There are also Vermont-made fine art and handcrafts, Vermont cider and beer, baked goods, and prepared food.

Here are a few of our favorite vendors not to miss at the Waitsfield Farmers Market: 

  1. Red Hen Baking Company: This is the stop at the Waitsfield Farmers Market for artisan bread and pastry. They use local ingredients and bake nearly every day of the year. Be sure to stop by their cafe if you happen to be in Middlesex, Vermont. 
  2. Mad River Massage: Pop by this booth for a bit of relaxation! These skilled and trained therapists know exactly how to help people destress and unwind. 
  3. Sage Farm Goat Dairy: Sampling Vermont cheese is a must at the Waitsfield Farmers Market! This small family-owned and operated farm makes soft, luscious cheese from the milk of Alpine goats. Even the cheeses they make are seasonal, like the maple banon wrapped in newly unfurled sugar maple and grape leaves. 
  4. Sunshine Valley Berry Farm: For lovely jams (blueberry, raspberry, and golden raspberry), kinds of honey, maple syrups, and preserves to take home as gifts, this is a great place to stock up. 
  5. Mad River Distillers: This local favorite distillery continues to create great spirits made here in the Mad River Valley. Head to their website and pre-order a few of the maple cask rum or revolution rye, and you and pick them up at the Waitsfield Farmers Market. 
  6. South Mountain Crepes: This crepe booth serves this European favorite with African-inspired flavors for a fantastic and unique lunch. 
  7. Cosmic Cotton: If you want to stand out (but also blend in), you’ll want to grab a hand-made tie-tied T-shirt from this local artist. They’ve been offering these bright and colorful wares for more than 35 years in Vermont.  
  8. Green River Glassworks: Glass artist Michael Egan presents his hand-blown vases, glassware, and art pieces—all made with skill and care at his workshop in Granville, VT. 
  9. Green Village Soap: For natural and handcrafted soaps made right in Vermont, this local company uses organic and creative ingredients for wonderful-smelling gifts and souvenirs. 
  10. Our House: Don’t leave the Waitsfield Farmers Market without a stop for lunch for mac and cheese with a twist! The menu is as creative as it gets, with anything like cheeseburger mac and cheese or chicken parm mac. 

There’s a lovely selection of vendors at the Waitsfield Farmers Market, so you’ll want to take your time and see it all! Plus, each Saturday, they host live music—it’s the perfect way to enjoy a day outside, listen to some local tunes, and take the bounty of our nearby farms and artisans. 

For more personalized recommendations during your stay, feel free to ask your Vermont B&B innkeepers. As longtime residents, they can offer insights and insider knowledge on how best to enjoy your time in Vermont! 

Waitsfield Farmers Market, photo of a guest room at our Vermont B&B

The Best Vermont B&B for Your Next Getaway

If you want to experience just how charming the Green Mountain State is, you’ll want to choose our historic Vermont B&B for your lodging. West Hill House Bed and Breakfast is your quintessential, secluded getaway in the Mad River Valley. The Inn is surrounded by nine peaceful acres with curated seasonal gardens, wooden glens, a pond, and so much more. You’ll be immersed in nature outside, with a warm and welcoming space inside for relaxing, reading, and resting—whether in our shared spaces or the privacy of your own luxurious guest room.

The Waitsfield Farmers Market is just the start of the fun things you’ll find to do in our area. You’ll find lovely scenic drives with waterfalls and historic covered bridges. Along the way, you’ll pass farms and creameries. For culinary enthusiasts, our Warren and Waitsfield restaurants offer creative menus with local ingredients that parallel any city dining establishment. In the mornings at our Vermont B&B, you’ll be treated to a wholesome and tasty breakfast, as well as homemade cookies and snacks throughout the day. 

Spring is such a beautiful time to visit, and as a guest at our Vermont B&B, you’ll be refreshed for your next adventure. Start planning your next quick weekend vacation, friend’s trip, or romantic getaway, and join us this year. You’ll quickly see why our guests often return time and again. Reserve your room today! 

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