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First Root Farm in Concord at Belmont Food Collaborative Farm Share Fair. Photo by Becky Prior.

First Root Farm in Concord at Belmont Food Collaborative Farm Share Fair. Photo by Becky Prior.

While performers serenade shoppers with upbeat or easy-listening music, farmers and food producers sell a wide variety of local food throughout the winter at over 40 winter farmers’ markets this season. Those who have not yet visited a winter market might be surprised by the bounty available even during the frosty winter months. The Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market, which opens on Saturday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m., typically has 35 vendors that offer a range of products including winter greens, vegetables, meat, chicken, eggs, fresh fish, apples, apple cider, bread and baked goods. You will also find local and handmade crafts and value-added food that make excellent gifts!

Just like summer farmers’ markets, many winter markets accept SNAP and some even offer incentives to increase participants’ buying power. Our winter weather encourages the markets to move indoors, keeping the cold at bay. The indoor setting also creates an opportunity for special events and food workshops.

This year, the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market will provide live music and kids’ activities every week, as well as special events like the Food Pantry Donation Day on Saturday, January 10, a Winter Fair the last week of January, and a Seed Swap the last three weeks of March. Also in March, the Amherst Winter Market will match SNAP purchases up to five dollars.

Don’t let the winter season keep you from keeping your kitchen full of local, nutritious and delicious food. Find a winter farmers’ market near you!

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DAR Agricultural Market’s Intern

Jane is currently a Simmons College dietetic intern that includes a rotation at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Upon completion of her internship in May 2015, Jane will be eligible to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Jane has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and will complete her master’s degree in Nutrition Science and Policy from Tufts University this December, 2014.

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