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Back on the market
This year’s winter farmers markets

11/16/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Take advantage of locally grown and raised meats, poultry, fruits, veggies and more this winter season at farmers markets across southern New Hampshire.

Charlie Cole is owner of Cole Gardens in Concord, which hosts an indoor winter farmers market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from November to April 21 (except for Dec. 30). He said you’ll still find fresh produce at winter markets but not the exact same line up you’d see at a market in summer.
“One popular item is mixed greens, and then winter squashes, Brussels sprouts and other cold crop veggies. … You usually won’t see cucumbers or tomatoes,” Cole said.
Winter farmers markets are also popular for comfort foods like homemade pasta, dessert pies, brownies, cookies and more, as well as meats like locally raised beef, chicken and pork, he said.
Many of the markets feature live music as well as children’s and family activities in addition to the offerings of local vendors.
 
Amherst Open Air Market is held every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round. During the winter it takes place at Amherst Garden Center (305 Route 101, Amherst) in a greenhouse next to the farm stand. Vendors you might see there include Amherst Microgreens, FiberDreams Farm and The Fresh Plate. The market features live music, a kids’ corner with stories, crafts and more, and a monthly DIY series craft event, with the next one happening on Sunday, Nov. 19, when participants will get a chance to make an original handmade pallet box. Visit facebook.com/amherstopenairmarket or call 465-1863.
Canterbury Community Farmers Market will hold an indoor market on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canterbury Elementary School (15 Baptist Road). Vendors will be offering produce, dairy products, bread, sweets, meats and more, plus a selection of local crafts. Visit ccfma.net or call 783-9043.
Cole Gardens Winter Farmers Market (430 Loudon Road, Concord) began on Saturday, Nov. 4, and will continue to be held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April 21. A Christmas-themed market will be held on Dec. 23, and no market will be held on Dec. 30. In addition to locally grown and raised meats, fruits, veggies and more, live music is featured. Visit colegardens.com or call 229-0655.
Contoocook Farmers Market began its winter market season on Nov. 4 and will continue every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May at Hopkinton Town Hall (846 Main St., Hopkinton). In addition to local vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, artisan products and more, the market often features live music and demonstrations. Visit facebook.com/contoocookfarmersmarket or call 746-3749.
• Danbury Winter Market is held on the first Saturday of every month from November through April from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (extended hours until 2 p.m. in December) at Grange Hall (15 North Road, Danbury). The market features meat and poultry, eggs and dairy products, baked goods, clothing and more. Visit blazingstargrange.org.
Merrimack Winter Farmers Market began on Oct. 18 and will run every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. through June at The John O’Leary Adult Community Center (4 Church St., Merrimack). Visit merrimacknh.gov/farmers-market or call Bob McCabe at 759-2737 for more details.
Milford Farmers Market began its indoor winter market season on Nov. 4 and will meet the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 7 at Milford Town Hall (1 Union Square). The market features a variety of locally grown and raised items, like vegetables, grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, goat meat, poultry (like duck), eggs, cheese, goat milk and goat milk soaps. Live music is also often featured. Visit milfordnhfarmersmarket.com.
• Newmarket Farmers Market began its indoor winter market season on Nov. 4 and will continue to be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month through April, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Newmarket Community Church (137 Main St.) Visit facebook.com/newmarketfarmersmarket or call 617-584-3292.
Peterborough Farmers Market continues every Wednesday, now through Dec. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Peterborough Community Center (25 Elm St., Peterborough). Visit facebook.com/peterboroughnhfarmersmarket or call 396-9136.
Rolling Green Winter Farmers Market (64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland) takes place on the second and third Saturdays of each month from now through Dec. 16, and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from Jan. 6 to March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit rollinggreennursery.com or call 436-2732.
Salem Farmers Market has its winter markets every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through April, at Mary A. Fisk School (14 Main St., Salem). The market features local vendors, live music and more. Visit salemnhfarmersmarket.org.
Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers Markets are happening now at Exeter High School (1 Blue Hawk Drive) and at Wentworth Greenhouses (141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford). Dates at Wentworth Greenhouses are Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 16, Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dates at Exeter High School are Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several special events are often held in tandem with some of the markets, like CSA days, Kids’ Day and more. Visit seacoasteatlocal.org or call 888-600-0128. 





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