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Markets of New England Paperback – May 3, 2011
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"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
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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.
If I must go to the web to find where they are in relation to one another, then I might as well choose and print out my itinerary.
This is a nicely sized hand held book meant more for a bookshelf or magazine rack than as a handy car reference. And with (by my count) 63% picture pages, maybe that is what the author intended but not helpful to me.
The details are in the photography, the pictures are splendid and really capture the true essence of the New England area.
Even the cover is a beautiful shade of Cape Cod blue and the center cover is - an L.L. Bean canvas bag!!
Who thought you could stuff New England in a tiny little 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a longtime follower of the author's blog http://christinechitnis.com/, this book was a must-have. Read morePublished 11 months ago by elyse major, author/writer
If you love New England and love farmers' markets, this guide is a must-have. It includes a geographic breakdown of all the major markets in the region, including highlights and... Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Lois Lain
Nice compact book with thick satiny pages full of the most beautiful and enchanting photos. If I wasn't ready to make a special trip for a market before, I am now, simply by... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by britt
What a sweet book! If you love New England, food and markets then this book is a must have. A perfect size to throw in your favorite tote and head out on an adventure. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Nicole
Ms Chitnis' Markets of New England
If you enjoy shopping local organic farmer's markets, handmade and homemade, and daydreaming this is a great little book that provides a big... Read more
I got the book because my wife was from the area, and I had never been there, and I thought it would be a good way to see her world until I could get there in person. Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Lawrence Maturo
First let me say that if what you're looking for is a comprehensive guide book to craft fairs and farmers markets across New England then this book is not for you. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Crystal Lily
This is a sweet little guide that is small enough to be able to take it with you on any of you day trips throughout New England. Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by Theresa M. Studer