A regular Saturday occurrence for Mia and I is to head to the Concord Farmer’s Market. It’s a great place to run into friends, buy local products, get crazy fresh produce and just hang out. I’m not going to try and hide it either, one of the biggest draws for us is Rollin’ in the Dough Bakery. They sell these insanely good doughnuts (or donuts if you like). They are not cheap at $2 each, but they blow anything in the greater Concord area out of the water. DD doesn’t even come close. The closest comparison I have is to travel down to Kane’s Donuts in Saugus, MA, which I have written about before.
Usually before we hit up our doughnut dealer we head over to True Brew Barista for our morning coffee. Depending on the time of year it’s either a hot or iced concoction. This weekend called for iced, it was overcast, but wicked muggy outside. The owners Rob and Steph are really cool people and they take the time to make your drink just the way you want it.
True Brew has been under some renovations lately. They have added a new bar area for those who prefer a nightcap instead of wake up coffee. Rob and Steph are HUGE supporters of the local music scene too. Many nights you can catch anything from rock to jazz and anything in between.
Right outside of True Brew is also the weekly Concord Arts Market. Everything from jewelery, clothing, prints, photos, pottery, etc. Very cool to see Concord finally developing some culture. It feels like it is long over due.
Coincidentally enough, right next to the Rollin folks is Granite Ledge Coffee. He’s one of my go-to local guys for coffee beans. It’s generally a toss up between them and White Mountain Coffee Roasters which happens to be right near my office anyways. The secret here is to buy from Granite Ledge at the Farmer’s Market, he’s about $1-2 cheaper than his beans through the Concord Co-op, nice deal when you cut out the middle man and go directly to the source.
So, that’s a little peek into our local downtown Concord, NH scene. If you’ve never been to the arts market or the farmer’s market, you don’t know what you are missing. Many times the produce you are buying is fresher and less expensive than Shaws, Market Basket or Hannafords. I’m not the biggest or most outspoken spokesperson for “Buy Local”, but seriously, in the long term this is the way to do it.
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