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Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market begins its 10th season

Open every Saturday through March 26, 2016, Winter Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with extended hours for holiday shopping in December. Watch calendar listings for weekly musical talent and special market happenings, or contact organizers at or call 802-869-2141. The Winter Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, a nonprofit grass-roots group actively working to build a sustainable community.

BRATTLEBORO—The 10th season of the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market — one of the longest running diverse indoor farmers’ markets in Vermont — kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro.

Visitors will find more fresh local produce than ever before, with up to 30 vendors, including favorites from past seasons. Regular farm vendors returning this season are Amazing Planet Farm, Big Picture Farm, Circle Mountain Farm, Deep Meadows Farm, Deer Ridge Farm, Dwight Miller Orchards, Hickin’s Mountain Mowing, New Leaf CSA, Old Schoolhouse Plantery, Walnut Ridge Farm, and Wild Shepherd Farm.

Craft and prepared-food vendors returning this year include Susan Dunning’s Potteryworks, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Wild Flour Bakery, One World Soap, Vermont Quince, Sawyer’s Artisanal Cheese, Cai’s Dim Sum, Thai Hut, and more.

New products to look for at the market this season include jars of local fruit juice, an array of chocolates, woodcrafts, handmade bags and tunics, and blown glass ornaments and beads.

“It’s been fantastic to see how our local farms have adapted to having a winter market outlet over the past nine years,” said Tim Stevenson, founder of Post Oil Solutions. “More and more area farmers are planning for and planting more winter storage crops and using season extension strategies to bring our market customers more fresh local food deeper into the winter season each year.”

The Winter Farmers’ Market welcomes EBT and debit cards. Each week, EBT customers can use Crop Cash Coupons to spend $10 for $20 worth of food, because of a program of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and Wholesome Wave. If those coupons run out, EBT customers will have their own Market Match program supported through grants and fundraising done by Post Oil Solutions and the market organizers.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #330 (Wednesday, November 4, 2015). This story appeared on page D1.

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