Eating locally in the wintertime keeps getting better.

mushroom2Thinking about winter farmers markets in NH might bring up thoughts of potatoes and cabbage, but a stroll through the indoor markets at Wentworth Greenhouses and Exeter High School quickly shows you there is far more being grown by area farmers than you might expect. In addition to those potatoes and cabbages (which will be the best ones you’ve ever eaten), you’ll find everything you need for holiday feasting and healthy eating. Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Markets are one stop shopping for people looking for an abundance of locally produced food that promotes community, people, planet, and a safe, healthy food supply, and the first one of the season is one week away, Saturday, November 22nd at Wentworth Greenhouses, 10am to 2pm.

Each year the selection of high quality delicious local food options being offered increases. The winter markets provide an opportunity for the greater Seacoast community to find nutritious locally grown food options that support and nurture the local agricultural economy all year long. greensWith over 50 vendors, the market offers everything you need to stock your pantry and prepare for the coming holidays meals. From fresh salad, spinach, kale, and Asian cooking greens to apples, pears, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms, parsnips, radishes and rutabagas and pumpkins, you can fill your plate with fruits and vegetables. Check out the product search feature to find out who will be bringing your favorite items! The markets have an abundance of sustainable, healthy protein choices, too, including grass-fed beef, bison, chicken, dried beans, and cheeses just to name a few of the many offerings. Bring extra bags and an appetite, there are lots of ready to eat foods made from local ingredients to eat right at the market such as pierogies, Ukrainian food, soups and wraps and breakfast sandwiches.

On top of all the delicious and local food, you can expect lots of fun kids’ activities, educational cooking skill demos, a craft market hosted concurrently by Wentworth Greenhouses and entertainment from NH musicians. The Winter Farmers’ Market season runs from Novembefountain_market_kidsr through April at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford and at Exeter High School. To find out more about the market locations, dates and available items visit the Winter Market page. While you are there, subscribe to our email newsletter to stay up to date with market happenings and local food news.

SNAP/EBT is welcome at Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Markets. Through this program, SNAP recipients can use their EBT card to shop at the market. SNAP customers will receive up to an additional $10 in free Market Match to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, customers that forgot to stop at the ATM on the way can use their debit cards to buy market tokens, which are accepted by all vendors.

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