Little White Market, Hopedale MA
The Little White Market is Big on Homemade Foods in Hopedale, Mass.
One of the employees, as well as a local hanging out for some conversation and a bite to eat, greeted me as if I was a local. Food-made-from-scratch preparation was in full operation, cookies were being baked, and the frequent words, "We're up to our eyeballs in orders," to each customer calling in to order something suggested perhaps I stumbled upon one of those local hidden gems.
All of a sudden a flurry of people came in -- a nice old lady, a kind elderly man, a middle-aged woman from Hopedale High School, and some young construction-type workers. Everyone knew each other, and the conversations took on a close-knit, family-like vibe. Finding out that The Little White Market was more of a catering, take-out place than a restaurant, I asked if it was OK to dine-in. The employee said, while trying to do several things at once, "Of course it is, what can I make for you?"
Looking over the
menu of soups, salads, paninis, sandwiches and desserts, I decided on a
turkey sandwich with homemade stuffing and cranberry spread on a bulkie
roll. It was amazing, perhaps the best and most substantial turkey
sandwich I've had on my 50 years on earth!
I felt right at
home here -- such a nice alternative to the fast-paced, over-hyped,
contrived chains along the highways and byways of New England. Like all
where you feel a connection, it was tough to leave. I thanked the owner
and then, without thinking twice, said to everyone in the place, "Merry
Christmas!" That's something I normally wouldn't do --addressing a
group of people I don't know. Each and every person in The Little
White Market replied in virtual unison, "Merry Christmas!" back to me.
In a world that
seems less friendly each day, this was really a wonderful moment that I
appreciated so much.
I left The Little White Market and Hopedale with this unintended Christmas gift of meeting some very nice people while enjoying a lunch that will, no doubt, have me returning to this unassuming, friendly little small business in a town I have always loved. Just goes to show that digging deep into the road less taken brings some mighty rewards when traveling New England!
The Little White Market is located at 5
Depot St. in downtown Hopedale, MA. Tel. (508) 473-1443
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