Markets of New England. Take it away Christine!
The very same week I found out I was pregnant, I signed my first book contract. I was to write a travel guide that explored the very best markets- both farmers' and artisan markets- in all of. A daunting task under normal circumstances, and even more so with my quickly expanding waistline! Add to the equation a faulty car air conditioner, and you have a summer-long road trip worth remembering!
I would often arrive at the markets, frazzled and sweating, only to feel instantly refreshed by the boisterous atmosphere that always seems to occur when artisans of any kind gather. It was such a privledge to meet the many talented New Englanders who make their living creating, crafting, and tending the land. During my travels, I came to have a much greater admiration for this region of the country that I call home. Not only is the scenery strikingly beautiful- from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, to the rocky coastline of Maine- but its craftsmen (and women) are some of the most inventive, and resourceful, I have come across in all of my travels.
I truly believe this book couldn't have come at a better time. There is a growing appreciation for buying local, but now, more than ever, we need to support our artisans. They make our communities interesting, thriving, unique places to live and shop...they provide us with farm fresh nourishment...and perhaps most importantly, they remind us to slow down, and savor the simpler things in life. I hope this book serves as a reminder of that, as well.
Here's to a summer of juicy peaches, bustling art fairs, country road meanders, naps in shady hammocks and priceless moments spent with family and friends (including my baby boy, who I welcomed into the world a mere week after turning in my manuscript!).
Thanks so much, Christine... summer feels that much closer now! And guess what? She has a copy for one of you! Do you have a favorite craft fair or farmer's market nearby? Please leave a comment in this post before 5pm on Sunday. I'll announce the random winner on Monday morning. Good luck!
And if you'd like to follow along on the blog tour here are all of the stops:
May 3: Apartment Therapy
p.s. Did I mention how much I love that it fits in the palm of my hand... a just-right size for travel!