Grow Food Northampton's Winter Market begins Saturday

Grow Food Northampton’s Winter Market begins Saturday

Published: 11/18/2022 4:43:42 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Grow Food Northampton will again host a series of nine farmers markets at the Northampton Senior Center this winter, with the first one set for Saturday.

Subsequent markets will be held Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11 and March 25.

All markets will be from 10 am to 2 pm

The Winter Market will have 24 vendors in attendance at the opening market on Saturday offering a wide array of products. Over 30 vendors will attend throughout the season. Shoppers can expect a big variety of produce from multiple farms, honey, cheese, meat, mushrooms, microgreens, eggs, pierogi, bread, pies, chocolate, prepared foods, jewelry, art, natural candles, body balms and more.

Live music returns to the market this year with a rotation of local musicians performing throughout the season. Chris Gentes plays piano this Saturday.

Grow Food’s market is again accepting SNAP benefits. All SNAP recipients in Massachusetts receive an extra $40-$80 (depending on household size) to be spent on fruits and vegetables purchased directly from local farmers through the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). In addition to providing access to SNAP and HIP, Grow Food Northampton will double SNAP benefits up to $10 per customer at each market, making shopping for fresh local food more affordable.

“We are looking forward to a rich and vibrant Winter Market season,” said Helen Kahn, Grow Food Northampton’s farmers market manager. “Previous pandemic restrictions have been lifted which allows us to support a greater number of vendors at the Northampton Senior Center along with an area for sitting, eating, and meeting with friends and family while listening to live local music. Grow Food Northampton is really pleased to be able to sustain this important resource for our farmers and community members year-round.”

Vendors will include, but are not limited to Barberic Farm of Shelburne, Beaumont Berries of Greenfield, Bumble + Spark of Florence, Crabapple Farm of Chesterfield, Cricket Creek Farm of Williamstown, Dusty Goat Farm Microgreens of East Longmeadow, Grown Up Farm of Belchertown, Holyoke Hummus Company, LifeBooch Kombucha of Easthampton, Lion’s Tooth Farm of Windsor, Many Graces Farm of Hadley, P’Frogi pierogi by Irida, Park Hill Orchard of Easthampton, Masa Mexicano of Florence, Red Barn Honey Company of Northampton, Red Fire Farm of Granby, Underline Farm of Easthampton, and Winter Moon Roots of Hadley.

Grow Food Northampton runs Tuesday Market from April through November and the Winter Market from November through March.

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