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When there is not much snow on the ground during winter weekends, our family finds ourselves hunting for accessible adventures. We found a road trip to a new-to-us weekend farmers’ market is always a highlight. There’s a thrill to discovering local farms and artisans. All of us enjoy chatting with vendors, sampling new foods, and of course, shopping for all nature of good things. For MP and DP, a visit to a local market is also a welcome respite from our weekly grocery store visits.

From Berwick to Orono, here are some weekend markets that are worth the trip:

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The Great Falls Balloon Festival starts tomorrow in Lewiston. Last year, the team traveled to the festival for the 6 p.m. balloon launch. We arrived about an hour early and set up lawn chairs in Railroad Park. Grandma Cookie Potato offered to stay with the chairs (and CP#2, who was fast asleep in his stroller), while CP#1 and MP checked out the festival grounds.

There are all the things you might expect, fair food, an Elton John cover band, pony rides, and vendors selling all manner of goods. But what MP and CP#1 really loved was the chance to walk inside a hot air balloon that was purposefully tipped to one side. Entrance inside the balloon cost $1 each. We spent some time sitting on the balloon floor, taking in its size and beautiful colors.

A boy runs inside a hot air balloon at the Great Falls Balloon Festival.

Another view from inside the balloon.

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