The Newburyport Farmers' Winter Market
|Features - Farmers and Markets|
|Written by Liz Lamson|
Just because the temperatures are dropping outside does not mean you have to say goodbye to the most convenient way to get your locally-grown foods. The Newburyport Farmers' Market has a winter edition that runs on Sundays, twice a month, December through March. Here, you'll be able to find tons of locally-grown and prepared foods and crafts from all around New England.
I visited the Newburyport Farmers' Market recently for their final day of the regular season (which runs from April-November) to get a preview of what the winter market would be like. For being the last day of the regular season, the market was lively and busy - there were at least 30 to 40 vendors there, ready and excited to talk about their products. Most of the people I talked to were planning on coming back to set up shop for the winter market, which means variety will not be lacking.
Among the many stalls on my recent visit were stands for farm fresh produce, wines, desserts, artisan cheeses, nuts, bakery items, tomato sauces (or as they called it, “Red Gravy”) and more - all local to New England. Some of the vendors that were behind all this were Heron Pond Farm and Middle Earth Farm, Jewell Towne Vineyards and Mill River Winery, Hickory Nut Farm (which had fantastic-smelling goat cheeses and soaps), Fastachi Nuts (I made a mental note to go back and get their almond and cashew butters), Zac and Ani’s Breads (located right in Newburyport Center, they feature all-natural, vegan and vegetarian breads and wraps), and Valicente Organico (for the Red Gravy). For a full list of vendors, click here.
Of course, I didn’t leave empty handed – it just wasn’t possible! I brought home a container of Patty’s Guacamole, a jar of raw, local honey made by Tomten Beeworks, and a package of cinnamon-pumpkin seed crackers from Craquelins, which were amazing with cheese and wine as a pre-dinner snack. These three vendors will be at the winter market, so make sure to check them out when you go.
The Newburyport Farmers’ Winter Market is located at the Tannery Marketplace in downtown Newburyport (where the regular season’s farmers’ market is also held). The winter market takes place the first and third Sundays in December through March, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - snow or shine.