The fields lie fallow, no plants bask in the warm summer sun. The days when succulent, farm-fresh vegetables can be had on a whim seem simultaneously far in the past and far in the future. But the popular farmers’ markets that spring up in towns each summer are not completely lost to the fastidious winter shopper.
Several towns carry their markets through the winter, providing meats, artisanal bakery products, cheeses, eggs, local wines and more.
Among those that temporarily move indoors are:
The Norfolk Farmers Market relocates inside the Town Hall, 19 Maple Avenue. Hours are 10 AM to 1 PM twice a month, starting Jan. 7 and continuing through April, when the market again returns to the Town Hall grounds. For a list of vendors, last-minute announcements and bad weather cancellations click on link above.
The next session of the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market will be held Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM in the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield. Markets will be held Feb. 4 and 25, Mar. 10 and 24, Apr. 7 and 21, and May 5 and 19. Open-air markets resume on June 11.
Amenia NY has a year-round market with a wide selection of produce, farm products and prepared foods. It is held outdoors 10 AM to 2 PM from May to October before retreating indoors to the gym at the Town Hall. In winter months it is held the first and third Saturdays of each month.
In Millerton the winter market is held 9 AM-1 PM. at the Millerton Methodist Church at the corner of Dutchess and Main streets. Truly a community effort, the market seeks both to promote local farms and sustainable and organic farming practices and to encourage healthy living among its patrons. It is sponsored by the North East Community Center, which also distributes fresh farm products through its Fresh Food Pantry and other area food pantries.
In Red Hook NY the Hudson Valley Farmers Market is located at 229 Pitcher Lane, on the picturesque Greig Farm. Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, Hudson Valley Farmers Market is open every Saturday year-round from 10 AM to 3 PM in a century-old dairy barn.