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Rest Stop Farmers Markets

I’m notoriously bad at planning ahead for meals, so long car trips are always a challenge. More often than not I end up resorting to the sorts of fast food you find at gas stations and rest areas. So I was really excited when, on the way back from Connecticut this weekend, I saw a farmers market set up at the Natick service plaza. I had heard that these would be popping up at rest stops all over Massachusetts, but this was the first time I’d ever seen one.


Unfortunately, the only things for sale were soap, jelly, and tea—not exactly the McDonald’s alternative I was looking for. Maybe the slim pickings are a function of how early it is in the season, or maybe it’s because only a certain type of vendor is willing to sign up for this sort of farmers market. Whatever the reason, I was quite disappointed. But I did get some lovely peach tango tea from Shaker Kitchen, and I’m going to keep my eye out for more markets.

Have you ever come across a farmers market at a rest stop? What did you think of it?

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