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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.

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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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