Find a new flavor for your adventure

Written for by guest writer Kim Dedam

When summer blooms spill into the Lake Champlain valley, doors open, front porch tables are set, and farmers turn their rows. Ramble over country roads into historic Hamlets with bakery and deli shops where wooden floors still creak and screen doors jingle.

Whether yours is a short visit or a long stay, shopkeepers bring a myriad of local farm flavor and Adirondack imagination to their shelves. There are so many hidden treats to find.

Marinelli's Meats

Discover well-loved recipes simmered in family tradition and a delicatessen stocked with fresh-cut meats and ready meals. If there's a grill in your evening or weekend plan, stop here to choose your favorite sizzle.

Jambs on Main

Catch up with a laugh over a latte as a morning sun lifts over the lake. Or raise a toast to summer friends at Jambs new Beer and Wine Bar next door. The new bar opens for afternoon and evening hours daily in June with a wide selection from local craft breweries and hand-selected features on the wine list, a perfect accompaniment to summer theater or music at Ballard Park.

The brick exterior of a cafe.

Cafe Trigo Bakery and Farm Store

Reward your journey with a stop at this community market. Shelves at Trigo are stocked with fresh-milled, whole-grain goodness, from fresh bread and Kim's crackers, to Trigo pancake mix, muffins and treats fresh from the oven. Explore new flavors packed in local farm preserves and fresh-picked produce.

Essex Ice Cream Cafe

Located near the Lake Champlain Ferry dock, cool a summer day with scoops of many flavors. Tempt your busy afternoon with a tasty hand pie or one of Uncle Rod's Michigan hot dogs. Planning a boating brunch? Build your charcuterie with freshly baked tarts or croissants, local cheese and jam. The cafe is the village annex of the Champlain Peony Company garden center on Route 22 with blooms galore.

The exterior of an ice cream shop

River & Rails Market & Deli

Put the grow back in grocery with locally made products, treats and anytime snacks perfect for adding fresh flavors to a camp cooler. Just a short stroll from the Whallonsburg Grange and Whitcomb's Garage, it is a must stop while exploring local arts. Ready to ramble? Have sandwiches wrapped to-go for a tasty addition to that Champlain Area Trail view.

A market and deli is housed in a charming white shingle old farmhouse.
The interior of a charming country market and deli.

Dogwood Bread Company

Renowned for wood-fired pizza and bread, Dogwood's menu piles fresh ingredients on your plate and palate. You'll often find their Wadham's sourdough loaves still cooling on the morning rack.

The exterior of a bakery in a tidy, old fashioned farmhouse.

Find local shops, delis and bakeries on your next trip to explore the flavors of Adirondack farm and food producers!


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