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Cape Cod’s 2019 Farmers’ Markets
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Friday, May 10, 2019


When visiting Cape Cod, one of your only jobs, before you relax, will be stocking your vacation rental with the necessary food for the week. There are many grocery stores here, but why not hit up one of the local farmers’ markets to grab some fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, and other products from right here on the Cape?

As you’ll soon learn, there is a farmers’ market every day of the week, and in nearly every town on Cape Cod, so you’re never far from someone selling fresh, organic produce.

Here is information on some of the larger farmers’ markets taking place on the Cape in 2019.

 

Brewster Historical Society Farmers’ Market

The first market of the week takes place on Sundays at Windmill Village, which is beside Drummer Boy Park in Brewster. The Brewster Historical Society Farmers’ Market runs between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM and features fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, grass-fed beef, flowers, and herbal and natural beauty products, in addition to arts, crafts, and live music. A collection of picnic tables, children's activities, and free parking make the market a great place to spend the morning. It all gets started on June 23, with the final market occurring on September 8.

 

Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market

Organic Market is a permanent grocery store in Mashpee Commons shopping mall. On Sundays, between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM from June through October, its parking lot transforms into the Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market, which attracts vendors from all over Cape Cod. In addition to local produce, there's always prepared meals and live music, plus a selection of artisans, giving the market a festive atmosphere.

 

Truro Educational Farmers’ Market

Mondays, rain or shine between June 3 and August 26, 2019, you can visit the Truro Educational Farmers’ Market from 8:00 AM until noon. The location is handy, as it sits in Veterans Memorial Park, right next to the Post Office and along the Pamet River, and this market puts a particular focus on educating the public on the importance of sustainable food, thanks to the Sustainable CAPE initiative.

 

Chatham Farmers’ Market

Local Color Art Gallery hosts the Chatham Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays between 3:00 and 6:30 PM. Opening day in 2019 is May 14, and the market will run into early October. In addition to local organic produce, you'll find soap, crafts, juice, coffee, meat, baked goods, and flowers at the market, giving you the opportunity to pick up whatever you need for your vacation rental.

 

Sandwich Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM is the time to head to The Village Green on Historic Route 6A for the Sandwich Farmers’ Market. The market generally runs between the middle of June and early October and gives you an excellent chance to support some Cape Cod farmers in a great location.

 

Wellfleet Farmers’ Market

If you're in the Wellfleet area on a Wednesday between 8:00 AM and noon, stop by The Grove at the Wellfleet Congressional Church for its weekly farmers’ market. The 2019 Wellfleet Farmers’ Market starts on May 15 and runs until October 9 and features a wide selection of local produce, cheese, meat, honey, spice rubs, jams, and eggs. You’ll also find fresh coffee, baked goods, and live music every week. In addition to the Wednesday market, there is a corn roast and party on July 28, a dinner on October 9, and the annual harvest market on November 24.

 

Bass River Farmers’ Market

The Bass River Farmers’ Market runs on both Thursday and Saturday starting on June 13 and ending on September 7 in 2019. This market operates between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM on those days in a park on Old Main Street, just across from The Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the South Yarmouth Library. There is a small parking lot at the venue, and the market will take place rain or shine, so if you're in South Yarmouth during your vacation, take the opportunity to visit.

 

Falmouth Farmers’ Market

Over in Falmouth, there's a market every Thursday between noon and 6:00 PM, starting on May 23. The great thing about the Falmouth Farmers’ Market is its incredible Marine Park location, as it overlooks Falmouth Harbor so you can spend some time watching the boats go by after picking up some local produce and goods. There is a large parking lot here, as well.

 

Harwich Farmers’ Market

Stop by the Brooks Academy Museum Grounds in Harwich Center any Thursday between mid-June and mid-October for the Harwich Farmers’ Market. This rain or shine event runs from 3:00 to 6:00 PM and features all the locally-grown produce, meats, flowers, herbs, baked goods, and cheeses that you'd expect, in a convenient to access location.

 

Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour

For something a little different, check out Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis. Here, you can pick up some local produce and play a game of cornhole, all while enjoying a pint from the beer trailer. The action takes place every Friday between 3:00 and 6:00 PM starting on May 25 and ending September 14. Nothing says “I’m on vacation” like having a delicious beer while buying your produce for the week, and that’s precisely what you can do at Cape Cod Beer.

 

Osterville Farmers’ Market

Also on Fridays is the Osterville Farmers’ Market, which runs from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Osterville Historical Museum on West Bay Road. In 2019, the season will be from June 21 through September 13, with each market bringing a selection of fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, soaps, herbs, butter, sweets, eggs, and much more. Plus, there is free parking, so if you're not doing anything on a Friday morning, stop by to see what they have to offer.

 

Orleans Farmers’ Market

The Orleans Farmers’ Market operates year round, so no matter when you visit the Cape, be sure to give it a try. The winter market takes place on Saturdays in Nauset Middle School’s cafeteria from the beginning of December through the end of April between 9:00 AM and noon. Then, between early May and the end of November, the market heads outdoors to a field on Old Colony Way, right beside Orleans Marketplace. The outdoor market is also on Saturdays but start an hour earlier at 8:00 AM. Both markets emphasize local produce, and you'll frequently find guest performers at the open-air version.

 

Provincetown Farmers’ Market

One of the smaller markets on Cape Cod takes place in Provincetown, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its scenic location. The Provincetown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday between early May and the middle of September at the corner of Ryder Street and Commercial Street, just outside of Provincetown Town Hall, and is mere steps from both the Pilgrim Monument and Harbor Beach. As a result, it's an outstanding place to stop on your vacation or when touring Commercial Street and its seemingly endless supply of high-end restaurants. The market goes from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM and includes well-known vendors like Pain D’Avignon, Lara Cuisine, and Allen Farms.

 

Markets Everywhere

As you can see, there are pop-up markets all over Cape Cod, making it easy to keep your vacation rental stocked with all the freshest produce throughout your time here.

Head over to the farmers’ market nearest you so that you can spend your time on the Cape not only living like a local but eating like one, too.



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The Best Places to Kayak on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Kayaking on Cape Cod

Cape Cod has some of the best kayaking opportunities found anywhere in North America, mainly due to the diversity of its water bodies.

For some, there is nothing better than a day on the ocean in a kayak, as you can quietly maneuver along the shoreline and access beaches, islands and areas that you can’t get to any other way. You might also have the chance to see some wildlife without a noisy motor scaring it away.

For others, kayaking through a still pond or lake is the way to go, since you are protected from rough water and weather, and can quickly get to shore for a break when needed. You are also never far from your vehicle, so returning after a day spent on the water is much more manageable.

Or, you might look for a river or stream to navigate in your kayak, which can provide access to both the ocean and some ponds, depending on the route you take.

As you can see, the Cape has everything you could ever want from a kayaking destination and if you aspire to get out on the water this vacation, make sure you bring your boat. Alternatively, there are kayak rental locations found throughout Cape Cod, if needed.

 

Nickerson State Park

At Nickerson State Park, you'll have so many choices on where you kayak that it can be overwhelming. The park as a whole is 1,900 acres in size and features numerous ponds, including Cliff, Flax, Little Cliff, Higgins, and Eel, and all of them have direct road access. These roads make it easy to reach your desired pond or travel through the park until you find one that isn't overly busy.

One of the great things about Nickerson State Park is that most of the ponds are close enough to each other that you can portage between them if your boat is light enough. That way, you can explore multiple kettle ponds throughout the day without having to load your kayak back onto your car. The larger bodies have beaches to check out, as well, so you can include a swim in with your excursion.

 

Nauset Marsh

People around Cape Cod say that Nauset Marsh is perhaps the best place for beginners to get out on the water. This saltwater marsh is one of the most fertile in the world, which means it is full of wildlife, including seals, otters, and birds, to see while you paddle through its streams. In addition to the small streams running through the marsh, there are tidal creeks and more open bodies of water, like Salt Pond Bay. This diversity means you can explore various eco-systems throughout the day

Those with more kayaking experience can start their journey in the wetlands before paddling into the Atlantic at Coast Guard Beach. Make sure you keep track of where you entered the ocean, however, as it can be easy to get lost.

Overall, Nauset Marsh is a spectacular place to take your boat because the scenery is outstanding and you can go in so many different directions once you’re out there. Most kayakers enter the marsh at Town Cove in Eastham, just off Route 6.

 

Bass River

At five miles long, Bass River is Cape Cod's largest river, and it sits conveniently between Yarmouth and Dennis. You can enter the river from either town or the boat launch at Smugglers Beach on Nantucket Sound. Once in the river, you'll find some areas quiet and others livelier. There are powerboats on the river, but they are speed restricted, limiting the wake created and allowing for a smoother journey for those using kayaks or paddle boards.

The river has numerous coves and inlets you can explore, and you'll also find a couple of marinas where you can stop for lunch. The marinas can also rent you a kayak or paddle board. If you head far enough north, you'll eventually get to Kelleys Bay, Dinahs Pond, or Follins Pond, as well, which provide a quiet place to explore. Note, however, that the speed restrictions are not in place on Follins Pond.

 

Eel Pond Landing

For something a little different, start your journey at Eel Pond in East Falmouth. One thing you'll notice about Cape Cod is that there are numerous ponds with the same name, so if you're looking on a map, make sure you find the Eel Pond in East Falmouth and not the one in Woods Hole, Bourne, or Brewster, although these other ponds are also accessible via kayak.

The Eel Pond in East Falmouth starts on Nantucket Sound right by Washburn Island, which is a stunning wildlife reserve. Heading north, you can turn right and take the Seapit River into Waquoit Bay or go left and travel up the Childs River to Waquoit Village. Either way, you'll have a quiet ride and will almost certainly see some animals along your journey.

You might have to start your trip at the Waquoit Bay Kayak Launch in Mashpee or Bosun’s East Falmouth Marina, since it can be challenging to find an access point or parking along Eel Pond.

 

Wequaquet Lake

Wequaquet Lake in Barnstable is another place worth visiting with your kayaks, but keep in mind that parking can be difficult to find. There is a boat launch at the north end of the lake where you can get your boat in the water, but only a dozen or so parking spots.

If you're lucky enough to score a space, the lake is massive and, therefore, it's easy to find a peaceful area to paddle by yourself. There are also some uninhabited islands that you can visit if you want a break from your boat. This lake is in the middle of a large residential area and, therefore, is a favorite of locals. If you’re interested in checking it out, it’s a good idea to look for a vacation rental nearby to make it easier to access.

 

Kayaking On Cape Cod

There’s no way you’ll get to all of the Cape’s kayaking routes on your vacation here because you can pretty much put your boat in the water anywhere and you’ll find it to be kayak friendly. Just make sure you stay away from rougher areas of the ocean unless you’re an experienced paddler and are confident with your navigation skills.

Likewise, you can always take a kayaking tour, as numerous companies will supply a guide and ensure you’re on a scenic route all day long. Kayak rentals are also available if you’re not able to bring your own, so don’t let the fact that you’re flying in from another part of the country stop you from enjoying the natural beauty that is best enjoyed from the quiet water passageways on Cape Cod.

When looking to rent a kayak, it's a good idea to call ahead at the beginning of your trip. That way, you'll be aware of rental rates and availability before arriving at the office.

Whether you're into kayak tours or will be bringing your own kayaks on your vacation, you're sure to find something that suits your needs on the Cape this summer.

 



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