First Somerville Winter Farmers Market this Saturday!

I’m excited to announce that this Saturday from 10-2 is the first Somerville Winter Farmers Market at the Center for Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave)! The market will run every Saturday from 10 -2 through Saturday, March 26th.

I’m proud to live in a community where access to healthy, local food is not only supported but celebrated. Mayor Curtatone thinks “…the Armory will become one of the hottest places to be in Somerville during Saturdays this winter” and I have to agree. There’s a buzz on the street about this market and I can’t wait to walk over and shop! (A brief note about parking: the market is encouraging visitors to walk or bike to the Armory because parking is limited, but there is an overflow lot at 112 Central Street.)

Curious about what the market will have to offer? Check out this update from Ward5Online.com:

“Somerville residents will find an array of produce, meat, bread and specialty vendors at the market. For the first time ever, residents will be able to sample and purchase wine from Massachusetts farm wineries.

Participating vendors include:

  • 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
  • Hi-Rise 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

EBT, debit and credit will be accepted at market to increase payment options for residents of all income levels.”

For more specifics and to get your mouth watering, visit the Somerville Winter Farmers Market Facebook page. Their latest post as of Friday evening:

“In the mood for citrus? Enterprise Farm will have navel oranges, tangelos, hamlin oranges, tangerines and grapefruit at market tomorrow. They’ll also have kale, collard greens, chard, bok choi, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, summer squash, zucchini, cabbage, potatoes, celeriac, purple potatoes, red potatoes, and parsley.”

So to all those people who think that a winter farmer’s market means potatoes and more potatoes, I say, “Come be amazed!”

I know that other nearby communities are working to establish year round markets and it’s exciting that Somerville, through the sponsorship of Shape Up Somerville and the hard work of a lot of people is able to make it happen for us now.

So while you’re in the area, why not check out the new local bakery The Chocolate Tarte and pick up a delicious mini red velvet cupcake? Or walk on down Highland Ave to Highland Kitchen and order a tasty cuban reuben. Going the other direction? Visit the Somerville Public Library! (I’ve recently become a huge fan of the library. I love that I can go online, find the book I want on the Minuteman Library Network, order it, and have it delivered to the branch on Highland Ave for easy pickup just a day or two later. Oh, and the library emails me when my book is in. And of course this is all free. How great is that?)

See you at the Armory on Saturday!

* Photos and logo from the Somerville Winter Market Facebook page.

** There has already been a lot of great coverage of the Somerville Winter Farmers Market and I’ve cited a few of my favorite sources throughout this post including: ward5online.com, somerville.patch.com, and postsomerville.com