Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pawtucket Winter Farmers Market

For St. Patrick's Day, my father and his wife had a party full of beer, green wine, and a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.  There wasn't too much that was local about this party accept the Harpoon Celtic Red and the Sam Irish Red that was being served, which sometimes have local ingredients.  Although I am not much of a baker, since I got my kitchen aid mixer last year I have been able to tolerate some baking in moderation.  I was also trying to find an excuse to bake with beer and I saw this great recipe on twitter.  So I made Boozy Irish Whoopie Pies to bring to the party.  And I have to say that these were pretty good and would even consider making them on a non-Irish occasion.  And therefore, these whoopie pies are recipe of the week!  And I won't go into the details of the party because let's just say that after Irish Bingo, things got a little crazy!

This morning I took a road trip to Pawtucket, Rhode Island to go to the Pawtucket Winter Farmers Market.  This was a great find and worth the trip because this is one of the biggest winter farmers market that I have been to with tons of vegetables to my liking.  There weren't any vendors that I am familiar with because most were from Rhode Island, but there were a few from Dartmouth and Westport, which I always appreciate because that is my old stomping ground from my college days.  There are really too many vendors to name, but just know that you can get everything at this market.  Meat, whole chickens, fish, jams, cheese, granola, eggs, veggies - including lots of fresh greens, apples, applesauce, pastries, dog treats, soap, herbs, plants, eggs, and I am sure I am missing something.  And the food trucks...I wish it wasn't 10am while I was there because I would have loved to try the mac and cheese with Vermont cheddar. 

The Pawtucket Winter Farmers Market is located on 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket RI.  It is open on Saturdays 9-1 until May 11th.  It is really worth the trip down and go hungry!!