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Milford Farmers Market winter market held inside the town hall. Courtesy photo.




The markets will go on
Eat local all year with winter farmers markets

11/17/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 It may be cold outside, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get fresh, local food and other goodies all year long with these indoor winter farmers markets. You’ll find seasonal produce like winter squashes, carrots, beets and cabbage, as well as dried fruits, herbs, flowers and plants, dairy products, meats, baked goods, jams and jellies, maple and more. Some markets also have live music, kids’ activities and special events, so check their websites for updates on what’s happening. 

 
Amherst Open Air Market is a new market held every Sunday, year round, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the winter it takes place in the heated greenhouse adjacent to the farmstand at Amherst Garden Center (305 Route 101, Amherst). In addition to the vendors, the market features live music, a monthly Kids Corner with stories and crafts for kids, a Market Meal of the Week with recipe cards highlighting items at the market, and a monthly DIY series where visitors can do a craft to take home. Visit facebook.com/AmherstOpenAirMarket, call 673-3008 or email amherstopenairmarket@gmail.com. 
Canterbury Community Farmers’ Market will have a winter market at Canterbury Elementary School (15 Baptist Road, Canterbury) on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market has ready-to-eat food and cafe seating available, and live music is sometimes featured. Visit ccfma.net, call 783-9043 or email canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com. 
Cole Gardens Winter Farmers’ Market (430 Loudon Road, Concord) takes place every Saturday, now through April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (market on Dec. 31 moved to Friday, Dec. 23, for holiday). Live music is also featured. Visit concordwintermarket.com, call 229-0655 or email charlie@colegardens.com. 
Contoocook Farmers’ Market holds its winter markets at the Hopkinton Town Hall (846 Main St., Hopkinton) every Saturday, now through May, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market often features live music and demonstrations. Visit facebook.com/contoocookfarmersmarket, call 746-3749 or email tookymarket@live.com. 
Merrimack Winter Farmers’ Market takes place at The John O’Leary Adult Community Center (4 Church St., Merrimack) every Wednesday, now through mid-June, from 3 to 6 p.m. Visit facebook.com/merrimackfarmersmarket, call 235-6232 or email minerfamilyfarm@yahoo.com. 
Milford Farmers Market holds its winter markets at the Milford Town Hall (1 Union Square, Milford) on the first and third Saturdays in November and December and the second and fourth Saturdays in January through April, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live music is also featured. Visit milfordnhfarmersmarket.com, call 654-2204 or email awcolsia@gmail.com. 
Newmarket Farmers’ Market holds its winter markets at Newmarket Community Church (137 Main St., Newmarket) on the first and third Saturdays of the month, now through April, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A kids’ table is also featured. Visit facebook.com/NewmarketFarmersMarket, call 617-584-3292 or email newmarketfarmersmarket@gmail.com. 
Nottingham Farmers’ Market will continue every Sunday, now through Dec. 18, at the Old Town Hall (139 Stage Road, Nottingham). Visit facebook.com/nottinghamfarmersmarket or email nottinghamfarmersmarket@gmail.com.
Peterborough Farmers’ Market holds its winter markets at the Peterborough Community Center (25 Elm St., Peterborough) every Wednesday, now through Dec. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit facebook.com/PeterboroughNHFarmersMarket, call 396-9136 or email peterboroughfarmersmarketnh@gmail.com.  
Rolling Green Winter Farmers’ Market (64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland) takes place on the first and third Saturdays of the month, now through March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit rollinggreennursery.com, call 436-2732 or email wfmkt.rgn@gmail.com. 
Salem Farmers’ Market holds its winter markets every Sunday, year round, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the winter, it takes place at Mary A. Fisk School (14 Main St., Salem). In addition to the vendors, the market features live music, children’s entertainment and activities like “Meet a Farmer” and face-painting, and seasonal special events. Visit salemnhfarmersmarket.org or email info@salemnhfarmersmarket.org. 
Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Markets take place on scheduled Saturdays, now through April, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wentworth Greenhouses (141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford) and Exeter High School (1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter). Dates are Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 25 at Wentworth Greenhouses, and Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8 at Exeter High School. A winter craft market is held simultaneously with the markets at Wentworth Greenhouses from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special events include Meet the Farmers CSA information days on Feb. 11 and Feb. 25 and a Kids’ Day on March 11 with scavenger hunts, butter-making, taste testing and more. Visit seacoasteatlocal.org, call 888-600-0128 or email info@seacoasteatlocal.org.
Weare Farmers’ Market holds its winter market at the Old Town Hall and Community Center (16 N. Stark Hwy., Weare) on Fridays, now through May 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit harvesttomarket.com/farmers-market/Weare-Farmers-Market-NH, call 491-4203 or email farmersmarketweare@gmail.com. 
Wolfeboro Area Winter Farmers’ Market takes place at the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro (115 S. Main St., Wolfeboro) on the first and third Saturdays of the month, now through April 15,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $25 market gift certificate will be raffled off each Saturday. Visit wolfeboroareafarmersmarket.com, call 539-8134 or email wottonfarm@gmail.com. 





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