Bass River Farmers Market is the perfect destination for a Thursday morning. Visitors and locals alike fill the green, searching out Cape Cod’s famous cranberry jams and clam chowder, as well as homemade and locally grown foods, flowers, and fragrances, from vendors who have been making their products for years.
Take Jean and Joe, the couple that runs Treasure by the Sea, a company that makes homemade jellies, jams, and pickles. Jean has been coming to the Cape and making jams since she was a little girl, and is now a pro at finding wild rose hips, blackberries, and autumn berries, a little-known fruit that’s packed with the antioxidant Lycopene (17 times more than that found in tomatoes!) and makes jams sweet and nutritious.
Other homemade treats include lobster bisques and clam “chowdah” from The Cape Cod Lady, and large wheels of brie (perfect for parties) made by Rosemary Indio who, along with a handful of other vendors, has begun to accept credit cards as well as cash, a handy new feature that makes purchasing produce, soaps, and cookies easier than ever.
While most vendors are at the market to sell, some are there to simply offer advice. The Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod has a booth where anyone can ask garden related questions, or even bring in a specimen to be identified. Their expertise is also on display at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden, which holds an “Evening in the Garden” once a month that is open to the public and free to attend.
If you missed out on the Bass River Farmers Market this week, do not fear! The market meets every Thursday until September 26, and most vendors make appearances at other farmer’s markets around Cape Cod.
Check the calendar on CapeCodToday.com to find schedules for farmers markets in Falmouth, Harwich, Osterville and more!
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(All photos by Anna Miller.)