Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Somerville Winter Farmers Market

Last Saturday, we ventured out in the snow to stop by the Somerville Winter Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market is held Saturdays (January 8th - March 26th), inside the Armory... 

The Armory (pictured above and below) was built in 1903 by George A. Moore to house the Somerville Light Infantry of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. For nearly seventy years after that, it also housed the Massachusetts National Guard. For the last thirty years, the building was used for some community events but largely sat vacant until the State of Massachusetts decided to sell the building in 2004. The historic armory was purchased by Joseph and Nabil Sater, in collaboration with Highland Realty Trust, in April 2004 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for $2.6 million. Owners of the successful Middle East music club in Central Square and patrons of the arts, the Sater brothers successfully embarked upon a vision to create a community arts center for the City of Somerville.

We were surprised to find the Armory packed with locals early on a cold Saturday morning -- a welcome break from hibernation, the winter farmer's market is a great idea!

Vendors offer lots of local and regional produce, as well as meats, fish, breads, pastries, chocolate and wine.

The perfect place to stock up on hearty, locally grown winter vegetables (and some wine)!

Vendors include:

Enterprise Farm, South Deerfield, MA
Winter Moon Farm, Hadley, MA
Stillman's Farm, Hardwick, MA
Apex Orchards, Shelburne, MA
Cooks 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