Holiday Goodness at Winter Farmers Market Dec 5

From Seacoast Eat Local:

Fresh salad greens, spinach, and lettuce … carrots, parsnips, onions, and potatoes … locally raised meats, locally caught fish, locally made jams, jellies, breads, and teas  … New Hampshire grown Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and kissing balls — these are just some of the products that will be for sale this Saturday, December 5th from 10am-2pm at our next Winter Farmers’ Market indoors at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford! Wentworth Greenhouses is located at 141 Rollins Road, a mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover. You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org

Eat Local – Shop Local!
December brings on the Christmas shopping season for many. While you are picking up meats, cheeses, milk, bread, and a bountiful variety of vegetables for yourself and your family, you can also begin your holiday shopping!

  • Home decorating: Wentworth Greenhouses will have New Hampshire grown Christmas trees, their own gorgeous pointsettias, wreaths, kissing balls, bows, and greenery. In addition, they have greenhouses full of beautiful houseplants ready for giving as gifts.
  • Local foods make great gifts! Maple syrup, teas, jams + jellies, prepared sauces, wines, granola are all welcome gifts. Think: co-workers, your child’s teacher, holiday gift exchanges, etc.
  • The gift of time for yourself: prepared, ready to heat and eat foods you can feel good about and that taste great! Kellie Brook Farm and Riverslea Farm both offer prepared foods made from their own farm-raised meats including stews, potpies, and shepherd’s pie. Also available: chowders, soups, and curries. Be Sweet offers frozen cookie doughs, perfect for holiday baking!
  • Not sure what to buy someone? We have gift certificates! Available at the information table, you can buy gift certificates to the winter farmers’ markets in $5 increments.  We’ll also have an assortment of regional foods not otherwise available at the market including organic sunflower oil and apple cider vinegar from Maine, alongside gardening, food preparation, and food storage books from Chelsea Green publishers of Vermont, and tote bags to put everything in! Proceeds from these sales support the winter farmers markets.

But wait, there’s more!

  • The New Hampshire Food Bank will be on hand to provide information about their programs and collect food donations; please consider buying a few extra potatoes, carrots, or a loaf of bread so that our neighbors in need can share in our local bounty in this season.
  • We’ll have live music and a place to relax and enjoy some tea and a snack.
  • Seacoast Eat Local will be holding a raffle to support the winter markets — 3 prize tote bags will be raffled off in time for pick up at the December 19 market. The prize baskets are filled to the brim with fantastic goods and include a subscription to Edible White Mountains, a Green Alliance membership, gift certificates to Water Street Bookstore, a gift certificate to Yellow House Farm’s Chicken or Seed Saving Class, a cooking class with Tracey Miller, 1/2 pint of maple syrup and maple candy from Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm, homespun yarn from misshawklet, gift certificates to both Seacoast Growers’ Association summer farmers’ markets and Seacoast Eat Local winter farmers’ markets, gift certificates to 45 Market Street Bakery, an apron from Popper’s Sausage Kitchen, a gift certificate to Divine Cafe & Grill, granola and gift certificates for Borealis Breads, and 3 pounds of delicious organic onions from Meadow’s Mirth Farm! Raffle tickets will be continue to be on sale at the December 5 and December 12 markets.
  • The market is open until 2pm - If you have something else to do in the morning, want a relaxed morning, or just want to avoid the crowds, feel free to come later! Our vendors are well prepared for a large number of customers and will appreciate your business whenever you can get there!
  • Volunteer! We’re still looking for a few more volunteers to help set up, provide information during the market, or clean up afterward. Volunteers come for one or two hour shifts, and play a key role in ensuring the success of the markets! Email erin@yogaonthehillkittery.com if you would like to volunteer.

It’s Buy Local Week on the Seacoast. Our friends at Seacoast Local have been organizing and promoting a wide variety of opportunities to shift your spending locally, including buying local food! Read all about their other ideas and events for buying local art, toys, and more >

Help spread the word! Forward this email, post a message on your blog/website/facebook profile, invite a friend to come with you to the market this Saturday – the more the merrier!

For more information, maps and driving directions, visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org. Please note, when coming from the west, Google maps incorrectly lists Shady Lane as a through street near Wentworth Douglass Hospital.

We hope you’ll join us on December 5th as it is going to be another amazing farmers’ market, with an abundance of locally grown and raised foods that you can feel great about buying as you’ll be supporting local farms and agriculture while enjoying safe, healthful, and delicious food!

- Sara Zoe Patterson, on behalf of Seacoast Eat Local
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