Bits and Bites: Outdoor farmers market season begins


Opening day

A sure sign of spring and summer to come, the Brattleboro Area Farmers Market opens its season Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by the market, located on Route 9 near the Covered Bridge, and get your weekly produce and grab a quick lunch. The market features more than 50 vendors with agricultural products, crafts, live music and animals and ethnic foods from around the world.

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New hours

Fans of the Four Columns Inn and Artisan Restaurant, Tavern and Garden can now enjoy the restaurant's fresh, local fare for lunch.

Located at 21 West St., in Newfane, The Artisan Tavern at the Four Columns is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

"Our award winning Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer and Head Chef David Smith are constantly adapting and changing the menu to reflect seasonal ingredients and the harvest of our agricultural neighbors," according to a press release. "The patio, which overlooks a breathtaking pond, in ground pool and flowering garden, is the perfect summer spot to relax and enjoy a Vermont crafted beer. Whether you're coming for a weekend stay or just a meal out, there's 138 acres to explore and so much more."

Call 802-365-7723 for more information or to order take out.

Co-op news

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early with a free tasting of Mi Tierra Tortillas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.

Sample delicious foods and meet the makers of these incredible tortillas at this free tasting. Call 802-246-2821 for more information.

Stop by the Co-op again on Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for a free wine tasting during Gallery Walk. Sample wines from the Co-op's large selection paired with delicious appetizers. Free to patrons over 21 with a valid ID.


If you're looking to pour a glass of Cinco de Mayo fun at home this week, the mixologists at Safford Mills Inn and Cafe in Bennington, Vt., offer up this fun margarita-inspired drink.

"In place of a traditional margarita, we have a drink using Mezcal, a smokier version of tequila."

Mezcal Berry Smash


5 to 6 blackberries and raspberries

2 pt mezcal

1 part house made sour mix

1 bar spoon of Cassis

1/2 part agave


Muddle the fruit with the agave, add the rest of the ingredients with ice and shake. Garnish with berries and/or salt.


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