Now in its fifth year, the Somerville Winter Farmers Market is back this Saturday, December 6, at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) with vendors new and old, live music and fun opening day celebrations.
The Somerville Winter Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. from December through March with vendors selling local produce, meat, eggs, fish, prepared food, wine, cider, cheese, baked goods, bread and much more. You can use the interactive map and product search to see which vendors will be at the market each week and what products they’ll have available.
“We have a lot of returning vendors, especially for produce,” said MaryCat Chaikin, who coordinates the market with Mimi Graney through Relish Management. Working with them as the new market manager this year is Sammy Sass.
The market will have the same number of produce vendors as last year, with some returning favorites: Winter Moon Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Misty Brook Farm (which also has grains and meat) and Apex Orchards. They will be joined by Freedom Food Farm and Red Fire Farm, which both have CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick-ups in Somerville, as well as the RI Mushroom Co.
The meat and seafood vendors, Lilac Hedge Farm, Jordan Brothers and Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm, will also be back this season. The Somerville Winter Farmers Market will also have vendors selling cider, cheese, breads and baked goods.
“Birch Tree Bread Company just opened a new brick-and-mortar in Worcester and was at the Davis market,” Chaikin said of the new vendor. “Their bread is just really flavorful and delicious. They have a whole variety of croissants ready to eat at the market or to take home.”
The Somerville Winter Farmers Market also hosts many speciality food vendors, some of which started offering coffee and tea upstairs last year. The availability of ready-to-eat food was so popular that there will now be two vendors every week selling items that can be consumed at the market.
“You can have lunch at the market,” Chaikin said. “There will be two prepared food options each week on a rotating schedule.”
Cafe Barada specializes in Lebanese food, while Tex Mex Eats will serve tamales and a local version of Frito pie. Shoppers can also dine on dishes from market staple Seta’s Mediterranean and a new vendor, The Roving Lunch Box, which will sell sweet and savory hand pies. There will be options for vegans/vegetarians and food that can be taken home as well.
Another important aspect of the market, the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Match, will return this year as well. Through donations from customers, the market is able to provide those shopping with EBT cards up to an additional $10 per week to spend at the market. You can support the program by donating in person at the market or online.
“It brings in a lot of people who wouldn’t otherwise come to the market,” Chaikin said of the SNAP match benefit. “We feel really committed to the program. We really appreciate the support.”
In addition to everything mentioned above, the first market of the season this Saturday will feature door prizes all day long. Shoppers could win bags of carrots or potatoes, treats from Spindler Confections, flowers, bread and more. And you don’t have to do anything to enter the contest, you have a chance to win just by showing up.
December through March
Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.)