The holidays are here, and that means a lot of festive food. At the end of autumn in New England I begin to fret over where to get my winter stash of locally sourced bounties. Then I remember the Somerville Winter Farmers Market has returned to its indoor location, Arts at the Armory. The array of delicious looking produce and ready to eat foods is enough to justify the walk up Highland to the Armory, which is a gem in and of itself.
What bounties lie within the Somerville Winter Farmers Market? Lots of fresh produce that is tough to find elsewhere (candy-striped beets and rainbow carrots), meat (pork, lamb, beef and poultry), eggs, seafood, cheese, yogurt, wine, pasta, nuts, coffee and much more. On top of that, if you don’t feel like cooking everything, there are also vendors with plenty of delicious ready-made treats like chocolates, doughnuts, pies, cakes and more (added bonus: free samples!).
The lineup of new vendors begins with Hosta Hill, a farm based in Western Mass. selling handmade tempeh and fermented vegetables. Barismo is selling locally roasted, fair-trade coffee beans as well as pouring fresh cups for sale. Narragansett Creamery is slated to be at the Winter Market on alternating weeks offering fresh yogurt and a variety of cheeses. And don’t miss getting your dose of Massachusetts apples in products like hard ciders, apple cider vinegar and cider syrup from Carr’s Ciderhouse.
In addition to all the delicious food and beverages you can buy at the Somerville Winter Farmers Market, there’s usually a musical performer, face painting for the kids, and free samples galore. There is a wonderful vibe as people and families mill around. This is definitely a place to come out, relax, and interact with your community on a cold Saturday morning.
I absolutely love the Somerville Winter Farmers Market and if you’ve never been, I urge you to check it out. It’s a great way to discover (even more of) what the area has to offer, support the regional small businesses and eat delicious food. It truly feels like a celebration of this awesome community, and what better time to celebrate it than during the holiday season.
Tips to remember:
Bring your reusable bags
Try the samples
Somerville Winter Farmers Market
December 7 – March 29
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.)