While March may be the final month for the 8th season of the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market, don’t let that fool you into thinking not much is happening each week at the market. The increasing daylight hours means that our farmers’ high tunnel greenhouses are producing early fresh greens. And as the snows melt and ground thaws, wintered-over carrots and the sweetest parsnips with the sweetest taste you can imagine may appear, and maybe even some leeks!
And of course one can always find local eggs, meats, cheese, syrups, jams, pickles, cider and more. Each week our bakers bring you the freshest breads and focaccia, along with cookies and amazing pastries; even some locally grown and ground flours and mixes too. Then there are the market inspired handmade truffles ranging from Currant Beet to Caramel Apple, as well as pottery, jewelry, handmade soaps and other unique handcrafted items. And did we mention the great selection of tasty lunch offerings, and live local music from 11-1, all in a warm and welcoming spot to visit with friends and neighbors as we come out of our winter hibernation.
Plus, each week during this “slower” season we share our space with one or two local community groups or nonprofits, giving them a chance to connect with the community and spread the word about their work. After all, it’s all about community. And we have some openings so get in touch if your community group is interested!
And in keeping with our tradition, we will again end the season with our 7th Annual CSA Fair. A number of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farms will be joining our regular market line-up to offer information about their farming operations and their CSA share options. Take this opportunity to do your CSA research and pick your farmer for 2014! You will find farms with weekly CSA shares for vegetables, fruit, medicinal herbs, meat and more. Some offer deliveries to central pick-up locations while most invite you to visit their farms weekly and get to know their operation. Some farms even invite you into the field to lend a hand in picking the weeks harvest. So consider joining a CSA near you. It’s a great way to support good health, local agriculture and the local economy!
The Winter Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Post Oil Solutions and is open 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 153 Main St., Brattleboro, VT every Saturday through March 29, 2014. EBT & Debit cards are welcomed, and Market Match Coupons are still available thanks to matching support from our generous community. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-869-2141.