Farmers’ markets aren’t just for summer anymore!
Buying local gets easier this winter with approximately two dozen markets starting up over the next few weeks. From one-day holiday festivals to weekly markets, many farmers’ markets are moving indoors, and local growers are gearing up to keep their customers supplied with local produce and other Massachusetts-produced foods until spring.
Massachusetts farmers have found many innovative ways to keep pace with the demand for local food during the colder months. Some growers are extending their seasons by producing more storage crops like carrots, beets, parsnips, and potatoes. Others are growing vegetables in greenhouses or high tunnels (the white domed greenhouses pictured above). You can also find an array of pickled foods, jams, jellies, and honey that will be sure to enhance your fresh baked farmers’ market bread.
Find a complete list of winter farmers’ markets.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
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2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
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2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
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