For almost 40 years, the Capital City Farmers Market has been bringing local producers and customers from near and far together to create this eclectic community event. The market is open year-round and held at several venues, the biggest is its outdoor summer market. Over 50 vendors gather each Saturday, from May through October, to sell locally grown and made products, unique to Vermont and astounding in quality. The market is held in a large parking area bordered by the Winooski River, where there is plenty of room to mill about and enjoy the plentiful market offerings. Live music every week and special events throughout the season make the market a gathering place for Central Vermont residents. Fresh vegetables and fruits, quality meats, specialty cheeses, artisan bread, baked goods, ethnic foods, herbs, plants, flowers, arts and crafts, honey and maple syrup…the list goes on and on. Join us and see how much Vermont has to offer!
Montpelier’s first farmers market was held behind City Hall around 1900 and lasted a few years on an informal basis until Vermont’s farm economy began to change. After its close, Montpelier had no market until 1977, prompted by a renewed interest in region self-reliance. Individuals, merchants, and agencies became active in helping Montpelier join 13 other Vermont cities and towns as host to a new farmers market. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission sponsored a CETA worker who steered the market through its first season. The following year the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) sponsored a VISTA worker to coordinate the market, and by the end of the third year approximately 125 vendors had participated in the market.
The purpose of the Capital City Farmers Market is to provide area residents and visitors with a marketplace where they may purchase the freshest produce from local growers, thus directly supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy. In order to provide a complete marketplace for the consumer, the farmers market includes other entrepreneurs that utilize farm products such as bakers and crafts people. All vendors are expected to utilize farm products.