Eating locally in the wintertime keeps getting better.
Thinking about winter farmers markets in NH might bring up thoughts of potatoes and cabbage, but a stroll through the indoor markets at Wentworth Greenhouses and Exeter High School quickly shows you there is far more being grown by area farmers than you might expect. In addition to those potatoes and cabbages (which will be the best ones you’ve ever eaten), you’ll find everything you need for holiday feasting and healthy eating. Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Markets are one stop shopping for people looking for an abundance of locally produced food that promotes community, people, planet, and a safe, healthy food supply, and the first one of the season is Saturday, November 22nd at Wentworth Greenhouses, 10am to 2pm.
“We are so excited to begin another Winter Market season,” said Leo Smock Randall, Market Manager for Seacoast Eat Local, “it’s a great joy to bring together so many amazing farmers, food producers, and community members to share in the ever-expanding local food movement. Each year the selection of high quality delicious local food options being offered increases. The winter markets provide an opportunity for the greater Seacoast community to find nutritious locally grown food options that support and nurture the local agricultural economy all year long.”
With over 50 vendors, the market offers everything you need to stock your pantry and prepare for the coming holidays meals. From fresh salad, spinach, kale, and Asian cooking greens to apples, pears, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms, parsnips, radishes and rutabagas and pumpkins, you can fill your plate with fruits and vegetables. The markets have an abundance of sustainable, healthy protein choices, too, including grass-fed beef, bison, chicken, dried beans, and cheeses just to name a few of the many offerings. Bring extra bags and an appetite, there are lots of ready to eat foods made from local ingredients to eat right at the market such as pierogies, Ukrainian food, soups and wraps and breakfast sandwiches.
“Now that we can get things like mushrooms from NH Mushroom Company and GMO free sunflower and canola oil from Coppal House Farm, herbs and spices and dried chiles, beer and breads made with local ingredients, we really have a one stop shopping experience for groceries. It’s really amazing how much more food we have now than when these started eight years ago, and we thought those markets were pretty amazing,” said Seacoast Eat Local board chair Sara Zoë Patterson.
On top of all the delicious and local food, you can expect lots of fun kids’ activities, educational cooking skill demos, a craft market hosted concurrently by Wentworth Greenhouses and entertainment from NH musicians. The Winter Farmers’ Market season runs from November through April at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford and at Exeter High School. To find out more about the market locations, dates and available items visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org. While you are there, subscribe to the email newsletter to stay up to date with market happenings and local food news.
SNAP/EBT is welcome at Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Markets. Through this program, SNAP recipients can use their EBT card to shop at the market. SNAP customers will receive up to an additional $10 in free Market Match to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, customers that forgot to stop at the ATM on the way can use their debit cards to buy market tokens, which are accepted by all vendors.
Seacoast Eat Local's Winter Farmers Markets are sponsored by Wentworth Greenhouses and the Black Birch Restaurant. Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of the environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, they work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. Their work includes operating a SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program, organizing winter farmers’ markets, producing Seacoast Harvest, sponsoring workshops and events, and providing information through their email newsletter, blog, and website, www.seacoasteatlocal.org.
Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturday, November 22nd (and 11 more Saturdays, November through April)
10am to 2pm
Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford, NH
For directions, participating farmers and food producers, recipe ideas and more visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org