Christine Chitnis is a writer, photographer, and environmental educator. She lives with her husband and son in Providence, Rhode Island. Her writing has appeared in Country Living, Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, Edible Rhody and The Washington Post, among many other local and national publications.
Her first book, Markets of New England, highlights fifty of the most unique and vibrant farmers markets and art events in the region. It received glowing reviews from The New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and the Library Journal, among others.
She holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.
Experience a quintessentially American summer—a village-green, homemade-ice-cream, corn-on-the-cob kind of summer—exploring the fifty vibrant farmers’ and artisan markets profiled in Markets of New England. You’ll find picture-postcard settings, delicious food, and unique crafts down every ribbon of highway. In Massachusetts, make your way up the coast to Cape Cod, where markets feature baskets of blueberries and flats of oysters still dripping with saltwater; hop the ferry to Sustainable Nantucket’s picturesque farm stands; or journey inland to an art festival nestled in the Berkshires. In New Hampshire, attend a lakeside workshop and a market held on New England’s largest town common, in the shadow of a classic white church and steeple. Meander across Vermont during an open studio weekend, or to Maine for a clam festival, a county fair, and craft guild shows. Even tiny Rhode Island has pleasures aplenty: an oceanfront gourmet food tasting, an indie art fair overlooking Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor, and more.
Markets of New England leads you to the local delicacies, the most interesting purveyors, the products of community supported farms and fisheries, the standout crafts and artwork, and provides all the details you need to know, including off-season schedules. The food and crafts are filled with local flavor, the settings pure New England, and the itineraries provide enough delights to fill an endless summer.
“Here’s a nifty little book to tuck into the glove compartment or tote bag. Rhode Island author Christine Chitnis has compiled a list of outdoor crafts and food markets around New England with photos, addresses, times and dates for the entire spring/summer/fall schedule…pick this colorful gem up for those weekend drives…”
– Cape Cod Times
“Chitnis provides the vibrant color photographs that depict New England in its summertime glory.”
– Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Readers will want to grab a tote bag, jump in the car, and head out to browse among the organic grains, clams, and homespun yarn. Boston’s hip Bazaar Bizarre, for example, promises it’s ‘not your granny’s craft fair’ and offers items leaning toward the indie and punk. The book’s small size is just right for tucking in the car for a spur-of-the-moment weekend jaunt.”
– Library Journal