As if a nasty spell had been lifted, the weather became suddenly glorious today. The rain stopped falling, the cold air turned soft and gentle, and even that shy sun of ours finally decided to come out of hiding – transforming today’s cloudy morning into a rather spectacular afternoon. I decided to celebrate by visiting the Falmouth Farmers Market. And, clearly, I wasn’t the only one who thought going to the market was a clever notion. The place was packed and the collective mood was bright.
Every Thursday Peg Noonan Park – a little patch of grass on Main Street in Falmouth – transforms into a wonderful farmers market – full of white tents under which the local vendors sell their goods. Several farms, a couple of which are organic, were there with their produce of perfection. Local bakeries were also there selling irresistable looking pies and other baked goods. There were plants to buy, jams to sample, joy to be had. Kids climbed in a nearby tree, while a few people played an impromptu game of baseball in the adjacent Memorial Park. All and all, it was a terrifically sweet scene. By going to a farmers market, you can get to know many of the locals that make some of the most delicious food around. I highly recommend a visit. Walking around this tiny park, full of smiling faces, surrounded by all the bounty that the endless yucky rain made possible, it felt to me as if summer had finally arrived on the Cape.
The Falmouth Farmers Market is located in Peg Noonan Park on Main Street in Falmouth and held every Thursday from noon to six – on now until mid-October. And for more tips on eating locally, be sure to check out Elspeth Pierson’s Local Food Report on WCAI. I always learn so much from her wonderful reports.