Comforts in the Cold
nce held mainly during the warmer months, many New England farmers markets now have a dedicated winter clientele. If you’re looking to shop local for your Thanksgiving table this year, these cold-weather markets offer a wide variety of produce, meats, and prepared foods that will make your holiday special.
Connecticut—Coventry Winter Farmer’s Market
Located at the Coventry Community Center on Lake Street, the Coventry Winter Farmer’s Market is open on Sunday mornings through March 14. The market’s nearly 20 vendors sell a variety of local products including honey, organic produce, hot sauces and condiments, breads, pastries, raw milk cheeses, poultry, meats, and prepared foods. The market also hosts a small number of craft vendors offering wares such as handmade pottery, as well as guest vendors, which change from week to week.
Maine—Portland Farmers’ Market
Open year-round, the Portland Farmers’ Market will be held outdoors in the city’s Deering Oaks Park on Wednesday and Saturday mornings through Nov. 27. One of New England’s oldest farmers markets, the Portland market traces its roots back to 1768, when city residents voted to establish a market to serve area families.
Today, the market hosts more than 40 vendors selling seasonal produce, mushrooms, organic dairy products, seafood, locally raised meats, flowers, honey, and herbs. Vendor Maple Wind Farm is now accepting pre-orders for holiday turkeys. The market will begin operating at its winter location on Stevens Avenue on Dec. 5.
Massachusetts—Boston Public Market
One of the Bay State’s largest farmers markets, the Boston Public Market, or BPM as it’s known to locals, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 8 to 6 at its permanent location on Hanover Street. Featuring producers from across Massachusetts, BPM hosts vendors selling a wide variety of locally prepared foods including soups, bagels, Moroccan cuisine, noodles, roasted nuts, locally roasted coffee, and vegan pastries. Other products for sale include organic dairy products and cheeses, local seafood, eggs, poultry, produce, honey, craft beer, and apples.
New Hampshire—Salem Farmers Market
Open Sunday mornings all year long at the Salem Marketplace Plaza on Route 28, the Salem Farmers Market attracts shoppers from across southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts. The market’s organizers aim to offer only products grown or made locally. Vendors change seasonally and offer organic cheeses and dairy products, a variety of produce, locally made sausages and bacon, eggs, breads, maple syrup, herbs, micro greens, jams, jellies, poultry, and chocolates. Craft vendors include artisans who make pottery and alpaca products. There’s even a vendor who will sharpen your knives.