5 Cold-Weather Farmers’ Markets to Keep You Fed This Winter
December 1, 2014 | seedstock
Just because the weather is frigid in many states across the nation, doesn’t mean local farmers aren’t producing killer produce. There’s no reason top forgo the pleasure and health benefits of connecting with your local farmers during the long, cold winter.
To that end, we’ve rounded up 5 cold-weather winter farmers’ markets that we think do a great job feeding their communities throughout the chilly, snow-covered season.
If we missed any winter farmers’ markets that you adore, please tell us about them in the comment section. We’d love to hear about what you buy at winter farmers’ markets, too.
Wentworth Greenhouses’ has partnered with Seacoast Eat Local to provide fresh food to the citizens of Rollinsford, New Hampshire. Wentworth Greenhouses specializes in growing vegetables and herbs, as well as flowering potted plants, annuals, perennials, and more. The company’s greenhouses reside on more than six acres of land. Wentworth Greenhouses’ partner, Seacoast Eat Local, connects people with locally grown foods. Seacoast also advocates for the overall health of the local community. Wentworth Greenhouses’ winter market is indoors. The market has a lot of vendors and is open five times throughout the winter season. SNAP and EBT are accepted at this market.
2. Kansas City, Missouri: BadSeed Farmer’s Market
The BadSeed Market’s winter market runs from December through February in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. The winter market resides at a quaint indoor storefront, every Friday night. The market’s vendors sell a plethora of goods, such as fruits and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet mushrooms, goat cheese, and eggs and free-range meats. In addition to providing local vendors a space to sell food every week, the BadSeed owners also send out a detailed weekly newsletter that tells market regulars what will be at the market that week. BadSeed accepts Food Stamps. The market also doubles money through the Beans & Greens Program. The Beans & Greens program is available in Kansas and Missouri, and “helps low income shoppers access and afford locally grown produce.”
The Logan Square’s “Indoor Market” is in Chicago, Illinois and is sponsored by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce. The market operates every Sunday from early November skipping Thanksgiving weekend until March 29. Similar to BadSeed, Logan Square’s indoor market provides customers with a detailed list of vendors. It even lists what vendors are certified organic, and what vendors will be at the market, from week to week. The market also lists non-food activities. The market also provides a plethora of cooking tips, recipes, and produce use ideas in its newsletter and social media pages. Logan Square takes food stamps.
The Columbia Winter Farmers’ Market’s home base is in Columbia, Missouri. While the market is open during the week and the weekend during the summer season, it’s only open on the weekends from November until March. Many of the market’s vendors don’t produce as many veggies during the off months. While the market is closed the weekend of Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s open all other times. The market accepts Food Stamps, and is “able to match up to $25 each Saturday” through the program Sustainable Farms and Communities. The program enables WIC-eligible pregnant women and families with children aged 10 and under who use SNAP to buy market goods. The market has an interactive market map that’s updated weekly to reflect the vendors selling at the market. The map also indicates what vendors sell organic goods. The winter market sells vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items, and more. The Columbia market is a producer-only market — only regional farmers sell here. Food Stamps accepted.
The Winter Market at the Rio Grande Depot is in Salt Lake City, Utah. The winter market operates every other Saturday throughout the season. In December, the market also features a holiday craft market. This market boasts, “fresh local produce, grass-fed meats, baked goods, fresh juices, dairy products, and more.” And the market features more than 60 vendors and food trucks. People can visit the market’s website to get a full idea of what vendors will be at the market every other week by checking out the always-updated market map. The market begins November 8 and runs through April 25.