Archive for December 6th, 2011

wm2As you know, I spent many wonderful hours this past summer exploring various farmers’ markets throughout New England and taking advantage of locally grown produce and supporting small farms and businesses.  Alas, it is very much winter now, despite the relatively mild temperatures here, and the markets have pretty much ended until spring.

However, I was thrilled to find a series of Winter Farmers’ Markets in southeastern New Hampshire, sponsored by Seacoast Eat Local.

This past Saturday, Lynda and I decided to check out one of these markets on our way to a day out in Portsmouth, NH.  We didn’t know what to expect, but when we arrived, we saw much activity and were thrilled we made the trip.  This Winter Farmers’ Markets was held at the lovely Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford, NH.

The market, with dozens of vendors, was set up under the protection of a large greenhouse and was teeming with people enjoying the event and sampling and purchasing all sorts of products.  Like all seasonal markets, the farmers were there with their goods, things like root vegetables, carrots, potatoes and awesome brussell sprout stalks.  The latter seemed to be hanging out of everyone’s bag and I just had to have a few of my own.

There was live music, crafters and artisans, fresh meat and baked goods, and a panoply of delicious smells from the prepared foods like soups and cheeses.

I was thrilled to see this all in one place and now that I know what to expect – I can’t wait for the next one.

For those of you who live in more mild climates may have the chance to visit these types of markets more readily all year.  However, if you live in a colder place – like New England – look into winter markets that may be planned for your area.

In the meantime, I can’t wait to tackle these little guys:

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HOLIDAY FIND:

Fresh New England Balsam from The Vermont Country Store.

GIFT WE WANT:

Sea salt caramels from Indulgent Caramels.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund with the purchase of Christmas cards, ornaments, and other fine items.