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Winter Farmers Market Opens Today

Event scheduled weekly from 2 to 6 p.m. on Artist Row.

The following is courtesy of Salem Main Streets.

The wait is over; the Salem Winter Farmers’ Market will open this Thursday, Nov. 10. Just in time for the holiday season, market shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase locally grown produce, delicious baked goods, and new and exciting items, including some which have gained recognition through the Boston Globe, Lowell Sun and Edible Boston.

The market will be housed in (between Front Street and New Derby Streets) in the artist stall buildings to provide a warmer atmosphere.

“Picture a crisp autumn day and the smell of hot cider or evergreen wreaths while shopping for seasonal vegetables and delicious pies among other items” describes Bell. The market will feature fresh produce, a variety of baked goods including vegan options, wine, cheeses and meats, handmade soaps, natural and organic skincare and bath and body products, organic teas, gift baskets, fresh lobster, all natural, gluten-free chowders, dips and spreads, homemade, locally-sourced pastas and sauces, pickles, handmade, personalized water color cards, salsas, artisan breads and more.

The market will be held in the Artists Row buildings and will run from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, 17, (Tuesday, Nov. 22), December 1, 8, 15 and 22. On Nov. 10, there will be a reception in the Salem Arts Association building on Artist Row at 6 p.m. to celebrate the start of the Winter Market season.

The winter market will see the return of 12 of the summer vendors as well as many new vendors offering a variety of items such as Shady Hill Organics’ Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms that have been featured in the Boston Globe, and all natural low sugar spreadable fruit and relish by Deborah’s Kitchen as featured in the Lowell Sun and Edible Boston.

The full market vendor list was officially revealed at the Winter Market Fundraiser on Nov. 7 and includes returning vendors Apothe.caring, Cape Cod Original, First Light Farm, Heaven’s Harvest Farm, Long Hill Orchard, Maitland Farm, , Salem Soap Works, Soula’s Homemade Salsa, Still River Winery, Wally’s Vegetables and When Pigs Fly. New vendors include A.k.a. Marvelicious, Capt. Pete’s Lobster Trap, Deborah’s Kitchen, Foxboro Cheese and Oak Knoll Ayrshires, Grace Organic, Judith A Fiske Handmade Cards, Seacoast Butters, Shady Oaks Organics, Valicenti Organico and Wunder Budder.

All items at the market must be grown or produced in New England. Jennifer Bell, Salem Main Streets Manager comments, “2upporting local farms and creating sense of community is a top priority at our market.” The SFM is committed to promoting regional agriculture to help ensure a continuing supply of fresh, local produce for residents by providing regional small family farmers with alternative opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products.

The market is made possible through the generous support of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the City of Salem as well as numerous volunteers and the dedicated Salem Farmers' Market Committee.  The market participates in the SNAP program and will accept the EBT card. 

For more information contact Jennifer Bell, Salem Main Streets Manager (978)744-0004 or sfm@salemmainstreets.org or to keep current on Farmers’ Market news visit www.salemfarmersmarket.org follow the market on Facebook and Twitter or call 978-744-0004. 

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Diane Wolf November 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM
What?!
Edward November 12, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Locally-grown produce, in NOVEMBER?? Greenhouse-grown? :)
Sue November 15, 2011 at 01:32 AM
I think November produce would include produce such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, acorn squash, brussels sprouts, and apples!! The market also sells organic breads, vegan baked goods, free-range eggs (from a nearby farm), flavored butters, live lobsters (from local waters), homemade salsa, chowder, and herbal products.

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