On a recent visit to Massachusetts we decided to do some exploring and stumbled upon this small farmers' market in the Stage Fort park located in Gloucester. It was such a delightful find! Besides all of the wonderful tastiness you would expect to find at a market like this, it boasted the added feature of a scenic coastal backdrop on a crisp fall afternoon.
First the food...There were several vendors offering an array of colorful produce as well as one with freshly foraged mushrooms. It is always a special treat to find a mushroom vendor. We selected "hen of the woods" mostly because we've had the others that were available.
To pair with our mushrooms we picked up some handmade pasta from Valicenti Organico. These included a red wine pappardelle and a duck confit with ginger and shiitake ravioli.
Further down the aisle we picked up a tasty manakeesh from Markouk Bread that was grilled on a traditional Lebanese saj. This was enough to tide us over until dinner when we could enjoy some of the fresh ingredients we purchased.
For dessert there were homemade marshmallows from Sweet Lydia's. I've never been much of a marshmallow fan until I made my own. As with everything else, made-from-scratch is better and these were no exception.
You can also stop for a quick wine tasting courtesy of the Alfalfa Farm Winery to help you select the perfect companion to accompany the tasty morsels you've collected on your journey through the market.
Then the setting...
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand so I will let the photos do the talking.
|Rock climbing for the adventurous... ...and the rest of us; I took the stairs|
|The view from on high|
We discovered this hidden gem on a Thursday afternoon (3:00 to 6:30) at Stage Fort Park in early October. However, several online references (perhaps these are outdated) indicated the market as being downtown.