Harvest Market will test your willpower. Stop in for coffee on the way to Vermont's Stowe resort and you're likely to end up with a customized café macchiato (caf or decaf, 2 percent or skim, chocolate or raspberry syrup, etc.) from the espresso bar, plus a wedge of lemon poppyseed cake or an apricot square from the bakery. Tempted by overflowing racks, baskets, deli cases and counters, you'll add a hunk of green pepper paté, a log of local goat cheese, a jar of spicy mustard and, perhaps, a bottle of Bordeaux to your haul. Owner Donna Carpenter wouldn't have it any other way. A little more than five years ago, she turned the 2,300-square-foot ski shop into a haven for the hungry. Daily, she and a crew of cooks and bakers entice a steady stream of customers-carpenters, second-home owners, skiers wheeling up Mountain Road between Stowe village and the slopes-with what she calls "simple, hearty comfort food." Resistance is futile.
What's Cooking: Harvest Queen