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Markets of New England

Book Review

By Mark B. Oliver | August 31, 2012

Merrymeeting Farm Market Boat, ME
Urban Farmgirl, Queen City Craft Bazaar, Burlington, VT
Carlyn Hass, Vermont Festival of the Arts, Mad River Valley, VT
Caryn King, VT Crafts Council, Open Studio Weekend, Statewide
COOB Originals, Queen City Craft Bazaar, Burlington, VT

If there is one thing New England has in abundance it’s farmers’ and craft markets. These local affairs often go unnoticed by the vast majority of residents and tourists alike, but no more thanks to ‘Markets of New England’ by Christine Chitnis.

Christine Chitnis

This pocket-sized guide is published by The Little Bookroom on heavy stock paper.   This clever decision means that you can throw it in your bag, purse, or car, and it will be none the worse for wear.

Because believe me, you will want to take this invaluable guide with you as you discover the marketplaces New England has to offer.

What inspired Chitnis to write the book?

“I have always been a big believer in the ‘shop local’ philosophy.   Not only does shopping locally boost community morale, but it keeps precious consumer dollars in the community.   A healthy community depends on its citizens for support, and that is especially true for our small farms.”

And of course with your food and other goods traveling shorter distances it reduces your carbon footprint.

The guide covers all six New England states as the title suggests, and is lavishly illustrated with photographs throughout.

If Chitnis had not decided to become a writer, then judging by the photos on display here, she could have a very successful career as a photographer.   The photographs show exquisite detail, and you can almost smell some of the baked goods shown.

How did Chitnis discover all of these wonderful markets?

David Berry of Merrymeeting Farm Market Boat, ME

“I depended on a ‘panel’ of local experts - farmers market organizers, artists, and my blog readers - to guide to me to their favorite markets, many of which became my favorites.”

“I love the Portland Farmers Market- the quality and selection is incredible, and as far as art events, the Vermont Festival of the Arts is my absolute favorite!”

It took six months to research and travel to all of the markets, with the top fifty being included in the guide.

The book is divided by state and then by craft markets and farmers’ markets.   Each entry has full contact details and opening hours and days.

At the rear of the book is a section on ‘Featured Artisans’ which very helpfully provides further contact details for each.   Additional resources for discovering information on local markets is also provided.

The Cover of 'Markets of New England'

It is rare for a guide to be truly indispensable.   But if you are an aficionado of farmers and/or craft markets, or simply want to discover what is in your locale, pick up a copy of Markets of New England.

It’s a decision you won’t regret.


Markets of New England by Christine Chitnis.

Recommended Retail Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-892145-96-3

The guide can be purchased from The Little Bookroom website and all good retailers.

For more on Christine Chitnis visit her website: http://www.christinechitnis.com/.

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