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Markets of New England Paperback – May 3, 2011
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"Pocket-sized and covetable, Christine Chitnis's Markets of New England is a delightfully fresh guidebook chronicling the quirks and histories of crafts and farmers markets throughout New England." -- The Maine Magazine
"Here's a nifty little book to tuck into the glove compartment or tote bag. Rhode Island author Christine Chitnis has compiled a list of outdoor crafts and food markets around New England with photos, addresses, times and dates for the entire spring/summer/fall schedule...pick this colorful gem up for those weekend drives..." — Cape Cod Times
"Chitnis provides the vibrant color photographs that depict New England in its summertime glory." — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"... The number of small farms (fewer than 50 acres) is growing, and they can use our support. Christine Chitnis has come to the rescue with a charming, useful, pocket-size guidebook, Markets of New England. It should be a a model for other regional guides since it covers food as well as its kissing cousin, crafts. Chitnis makes a heartfelt case for using "our collective consumer power to support artisans -- beekeepers, cheesemongers, weavers and woodworkers." I couldn't agree more." -- Dominique Browning, The New York Times
"Readers will want to grab a tote bag, jump in the car, and head out to browse among the organic grains, clams, and homespun yarn. Boston’s hip Bazaar Bizarre, for example, promises it’s 'not your granny’s craft fair' and offers items leaning toward the indie and punk. The book’s small size is just right for tucking in the car for a spur-of-the-moment weekend jaunt." -- Library Journal
About the Author
Christine Chitnis is a writer, photographer, and environmental educator. She lives with her husband and son in Providence, Rhode Island. Her writing has appeared in Country Living, Time Out New York, ReadyMade, Edible Rhody, and The Washington Post, among many other local and national publications. She holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado. Visit her website at christinechitnis.com.
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Now, this isn't just so you can buy farm produce directly from farmers and a few cute hand made crafts. Defined in here are some of the bigger festivals including boating, fishing, and other cool things that tend to define certain areas of New England. Of course, there are plenty of crafty things to do and each region has it's own things which define it (like New Hampshire and Vermont with maple syrup and maple sugar candy or Maine lobsters).
This is a great companion to travel guides to get to see some of the local events and areas that you might miss normally. The photographs add to it wonderfully. As someone who was born and raised in New England, I can definitely appreciate the value of this book.
This is a tiny book that's immense in artistry and imagery. Ms. Chitnis is both the writer and the photographer, and excels in both disciplines. The prose is crisp and concise (she can capture the essence of a complex market in a single page) and her masterful photographs capture the people, products, and area in exquisite detail. You actually feel the excitement of the shoppers as you join them to inhale the aromas of fresh farm products and marvel at the skill of the artisans. Move over Fodors, and take your old canned travel descriptions and commercial photographs with you.
It's unlikely that I will return to New England to experience these markets. I missed them on a former visit when I was focused on fall foliage. But I eagerly look forward to the opening of the markets around Portland, Oregon where I live, thanks to Chitnis. We also have wonderful produce and skilled craftspeople as described in her book and I have been motivated to pay closer attention to the local seasonal delights. There are nearly a hundred farms within 25 miles of my home and farmers' markets and artisan events are numerous all summer. Christine Chitnis has inspired me to get out there and enjoy them.
Being a long time crafter myself, since I was a teenager, I have great respect for other fellow crafters. I always love seeing new crafts. Your only limited by your imagination.
Some of the places in this book, 'Markets of New England', they are places that not only sell crafts, but things you would find in a farmer's market, such a jams and jellies, baked goods, produce and flowers. It just makes sense to support farmer's markets, it's a win/win, good for the local economy, as the shorter distance things have to travel, the fresher it is, as well as more cost effective. You get to learn about the people who are the farmers, some are multi generational, as well as the local crafters.
I've been a longtime customer of natural and organic products, back to the 1970's.
It's nice and also refreshing to see other people who appreciate other fellow crafters, as well as people who appreciate farmer's markets. I always find other creative people fasinating.
Some of the venues the author, Christine Chitnis includes in her book are smaller venues, some there is a fee to attend, some have crafters who you can see working their craft. Some of the venues sell craft items, as well as things you would find in a farmer's market, making it one stop shopping. A great way to spend a day.
I prefer craft events that are on the smaller side. I recently attended a large craft event that was held at the convention center where I live in MD, and it was the largest in the country, with over 700 vendors coming from all over, some you could see working their craft, but the spaces were so small some of them that it was hard to really see everything. I like to take my time, and really see the individuality. Some of the crafts were so perfect they looked mass produced. I prefer the more homey touch.
I will be holding on to this book as a resource, should I ever go to the states the author lists in her book, as it would be the kind of event I would be really interested in attending. I think you can get a good feel of the town that way, as well as the people who live in that community.
I like that the author lists pertinent information on each venue, including their websites, in case you care to contact them.
This is the kind of book that I think in every state the people could appreciate, as there are always crafters, and people interested in farmer's markets. I hope this author or another author will pick up where this book left off.
I also enjoyed the photos the author included in this book too.
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