Farmers Expand to Offer Winter Goods
Are you tired of waiting five months for your favorite farmers market to start back up? Well, maybe you don’t have to anymore. Winter markets are popping up all over the state, and you’re sure to find one close by.
Though you will not be able to find fresh tomatoes, the winter markets do carry a wide variety of root vegetables, farm-raised meats, and locally made crafts, among other things.
Montpelier, Rutland, Middlebury, Brattleboro, Burlington and South Hero have begun to offer winter farmers markets, and there are likely more. Be sure to check the Vermont Department of Agriculture’s website for a listing. Also, be aware that some only take place once a month.
And there’s good news for those of you who enjoy summer farm shares. Some farms also offer winter shares, which can include bread, cheeses and root vegetables. For more information about winter farm share programs, contact the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
There are so many ways to buy and eat local, so go ahead and take advantage of what Vermont farms have to offer — even in the depths of a Vermont winter!