After a few years learning the trade in specialty bakeries in Vermont and Massachusetts, Skiathitis created Vermont Croissant in her home kitchen.

"The Ludlow Farmers Market is an excellent venue for a newly budding business to start out with. It's just me and my hand-turned rock maple rolling pin," she said. "I don't have a sheeting machine, so the croissants are all made by hand."

According market publicity, on a recent afternoon Skiathitis displayed seven mouth-watering varieties of the extra large croissants, cookies-chocolate chip, oatmeal and ginger snap-galettes (aka old-fashioned hand pies) and strawberry fruit "crumble" bars. Some of Vermont Croissant's cookies reach monstrous proportions-"the size of your face," as Skiathitis puts it.

All ingredients used by Skiathitis are either locally produced or organic-or both. You can call Skiathitis for ingredient details at 802-259-2755.

Check It Out: Ludlow Farmers Market is open every Friday from 4-7 p.m. through Columbus Day weekend. The market is located on Route 103, south of Ludlow, at the Okemo Mountain School.

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