While the growing season guarantees a certain similarity in what's available at local markets at any given moment, each has its own clientele. "I've done all three markets," says one crafts vendor who asked not to be named. "Chelsea people are ready to pull out their wallets and buy what pleases them. In Saline, I also sell very well. There seems to be money there. In Dexter they're a little more reticent."
Dexter also seems like the most locally rooted market--a couple of the vendors live just blocks away, like the Mindo Chocolate Makers and bread vendor Nino Buzzelli. By day, Buzzelli is a food importer, but by night (literally--he gets up at 3 a.m. to make his baguettes) he's a maker of bread, granola, and fettucine.