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A winter farmers market opened in Somerville last weekend. Having been very concerned about where I would be able to locally grown produce through New England’s winter months, I was thrilled to know I can purchase from the farmers who gather each Saturday at the Armory.

The space is really fantastic and unique; an open event space packed full with farm stands from around the area. In one corner we found  Culinary Cruisers at a cart dawned with an umbrella selling the most wonderful Kombucha on tap. After purchasing a growler (which you can bring back to refill and receive $2 off your next fill-up), we moved on for some veggies from Enterprise Farm, hailing from Whately, MA.  I stocked up on the basics but grabbed a few things I’ve never used before: black radish, celeriac, and dinosaur kale. I’m really excited to learn about these new veggies and try something new!

Robinson Farm had some really great cheeses, but we left with only one; the Hardwick Stone- amazing! Semi-soft, creamy to start with a nice bite at the end. After grabbing some meat from Stillman’s Farm, and some milk from Shaw Farm I felt ready to face the week ahead!

We had a wonderful time chatting with the farmers and sellers and I left feeling really great about supporting them. It’s good to be part of this kind of community- seeing the people who have put their all into producing their goods, and seeing their joy as we line up to buy from them. On top of all the other benefits, fresh food just tastes better! And I know that these veggies aren’t laced with pesticides, and the meats are hormone free! How can anyone resist that!

If you live in the Boston area, I highly recommend checking out the Armory in Somerville on a Saturday morning. You won’t be disappointed by selection, and if you forget cash, you can purchase ‘coins’ from the Armory staff with your credit card that all of the vendors will accept as valid currency. Currently there are about 12 vendors, but I am told that by December the whole upper balcony of the space will be filled as well. A cafe is nestled up front when you walk through the main entrance, and you can pull up a chair to sip on some coffee and enjoy the local art on the walls. During the week the Armory hosts many events ranging from ‘Broga’ to senior services.

The market is located at 191 Highland St., Somerville, MA from 9:30am-2:30pm.

http://www.artsatthearmory.org/Default.aspx

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