Somerville is set to celebrate the New Year with a Winter Farmers’ Market! It's all part of the city’s Shape Up Somerville program to give residents continued access to fresh and local food during the winter months.
The new market, which premieres January 8th, will run every Saturday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. through March 26th at the Center for the Arts at the Armory on Highland Ave.
Somerville has enjoyed successful summer Farmers’ Markets in Union Square and Davis Square, and many in the community saw a growing interest in the winter market concept. The city conducted a survey to gauge the depth of that interest. “Within 24 hours we had over 1000 responses, and the responses were overwhelmingly positive,” said Jaime Corliss, Director of “Shape Up Somerville.”
This led the city to sit down with local farmers and community organizers to come up with a business plan for the market. After months of work and planning, the project is all set to launch.
Besides meat, produce, and specialty items, Somerville’s Winter Farmers’ Market will feature wines from Massachusetts vineyards including Coastal, Turtle Creek, and Zoll. And, because of recent changes in the law, you’ll be able to taste before you buy.
Chef Seta Dakessian of Seta’s Mediterranean Foods is at the Downtown Crossing Holiday Market until December 24th.
We’re looking forward to seeing some of our favorite vendors like: Stillman’s, Cook’s Farm, Globe Fish Company, Seta’s Mediterranean Food, and of course Somerville’s own Taza Chocolate. You can click through to a full list of vendors at the end of this post.
Organizers of the Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market promise to launch a facebook page very soon, so we can all follow the action in the coming months. Can’t Wait!
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Somerville Winter Market
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue Somerville MA ( Map)
Words: Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2010 Penny Cherubino (Seta)
Armory photo: courtesy of Arts at the Armory
Click through or scroll down for a full list of vendors
Here’s the full list of announced vendors:
Enterprise Farm, South Deerfield, MA
Winter Moon Farm, Hadley, MA
Stillman’s Farm, Hardwick, MA
Apex Orchards, Shelburne, MA
Cook’s Farm, Brimfield, MA
Austin Brothers Valley Farm, Belchertown, MA
Globe Fish Co, Boston, MA
HighRise Bread Co., Cambridge, MA
Great Cape Baking Company, Marstons Mills, MA
3 Little Figs, Boston, MA
Seta’s Mediterranean Foods, West Newton, MA
Q’s Nuts, Georgetown, MA
Reseska Apiaries, Holliston, MA
Elaine Hsieh, Chocolatier, Somerville, MA
Taza Chocolate, Somerville, MA
Coastal Vineyards, South Dartmouth, MA
Turtle Creek Winery, Lincoln, MA
Zoll Cellars Winery, Shrewsbury, MA