Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Winter Farmer's Market

One of the challenges to eating local in the Winter can be the availability of local foods. Just like in the summertime, they are out there, but finding them quite often isn't as easy. One reason for this is that in many towns, the Farmer's Market shuts down at the end of Fall and doesn't start up again until late Spring. Luckily, this is changing. I am reading about more and more markets that are attempting to stay open year round. Ultimately, their success will depend on folks supporting them. But before they can support them, they must know they exist! Last weekend, I discovered through word of mouth that our town is now hosting a year-round market. While much smaller than our main market downtown, this Winter market still provides a lovely place to buy locally grown produce and goods. And it provides our farmers and food producers with some small amount of  Winter income. A win-win situation for everyone.

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