It’s not hard to dine well in Stowe. The variety and quality of local restaurants in the area is truly impressive, especially considering its population of barely 4,300. According to GoStowe.com, Stowe has the third largest number of award-winning restaurants in New England, trailing only Boston and Providence.
When you want to eat well at home, though, there are a few local markets that really stand out. The supermarkets are fine for day-to-day provisions. But where do you go when you need items not necessarily found in a conventional grocery store? We’ve found that Harvest Market, Stowe Seafood, and Green Top Market are great go-to places for those hard-to-find items.
Possibly the best place in the area for supplying your next picnic or party is the Harvest Market on the Mountain Road. Harvest Market offers an excellent selection of prepared foods, baked goods, local and international cheeses, charcuterie and wine. They also have an on-site bakery at the back of the store that produces superb breads in woodburning ovens. It’s worth the trip even if you don’t live in Stowe. Their grissini—a crackingly crisp mini-baguette—sort of like the best breadstick you’ve ever had, made with olive oil, sea salt and Parmigiano-Reggiano—is particularly addictive. Harvest Market is also a great place to fuel up on coffee and pick up a pastry to go if you’re headed up to the resort to go skiing; if you want to stick around while you eat, they have several tables inside and a few more on a shady patio beside the store.
Harvest Market, 1031 Mountain Rd Stowe VT 05672 (802) 253-3800
If you plan to do your own cooking, there are at least two especially good local, independently owned gems. A short drive up the Mountain Road from downtown is the Stowe Seafood. This market has the freshest seafood we have found in the the area, shipped in regularly from the Boston Pier. They also have several small coolers stocked with, among other things, smoked salmon and homemade lobster stock. There’s a good meat counter as well, serving steaks, veal, chicken and lamb.
Stowe Seafood, 504 Mountain Rd, Stowe VT 05672 (802) 253-8004
A few years ago we discovered our final market on this list, the Green Top Market, outside of Stowe at the quiet four-way intersection of Stagecoach Rd and Morristown Corners Road. Technically, the Green Top is in the town of Morrisville, but it is close enough to Stowe—only a ten-minute drive from town on Stagecoach Road off of Route 100—that it is makes sense to include as a local option. The Green Top has more of a rustic, traditional country store feel. They sell local produce and meats at very reasonable prices, and make breakfast sandwiches and panini to order. Green Top may have the best meat counter around. The butcher is happy to order hard-to-find cuts, and we’ve come across things you won’t see elsewhere like tasso ham and rabbit. If you are stopping by for a sandwich or a cup of coffee, there are tables on the sheltered front porch; when it’s warm enough, though, we try to grab one of the picnic tables in the back, which have a lovely view of the valley, east toward Stowe and the Worcester Range.
Green Top Market, 639 Morristown Corners Rd, Morrisville, VT 05661 (802) 888-8883
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