Recently, my quest to visit as many farmers market as possible this year, took me to the historic Hamilton Farmers Market (HFM). Lately, I have been curious about what makes “Steeltown” tick, and being only about a half hour drive away, it seem only fitting to pay a visit to this popular community gathering. Although, the HFM is missing the quaint and country-style character unlike other markets I’ve visited, I found a very special community feeling and a warm atmosphere in this market.
The vendors at the market were very friendly and the product offerings were culturally diversed. Two vendors that stood out the most on this visit and for which I will definitely to go back are Vinnie’s Fresh Pasta Factory and Odessy Olive Oils and Vinegar (http://www.odessyoliveoilsandvinegars.com/index.html). Vinnie’s fresh pasta is a mouth-watering treat (spinach-red pepper fetuccini) for a very reasonable price of $4 per lb; not only is it made fresh right in front of your eyes, but it is also made with a smile. At Odessy you will find a wide variety of organic olive oils and vinegars (a yummy sicilian lemon balsamic) and the expertise and great service of Robert Lalla.
Farmers market are all about the people that gather every week to showcase their goods and about finding those special treats that give visitors joy. Based on these two factors, the Hamilton Farmers Market is worth the drive and a visit!