SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th
The Center for Arts at the Armory Will Host the Best of New England Farms and Food
Every Saturday 9:30am – 1:30pm from November 4, 2023 through April 6, 2024*
SOMERVILLE, MA—The Center for Arts at the Armory (CAA) announces that it will host and manage the 14th Annual Somerville Winter Farmers Market (SWFM) every Saturday beginning November 4th through April 6th. This weekly market offers the best locally grown and regionally produced agricultural items, including vegetable produce, cheese, eggs, meats, fish, breads, pastries, and sweets. Each market will feature more than 35 weekly vendors and several rotating guest vendors while welcoming an anticipated 1,000 visitors every Saturday.
The mission of the Somerville Winter Farmers Market is to bring healthy, local food and products to all customers regardless of economic status. In addition to cash, credit and debit, SNAP / EBT is also accepted and the market provides a free $15 match so that SNAP / EBT customers can receive up to $30 worth of food for only $15. The market is also participating in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which allows qualifying customers to receive between $40-$80 worth of free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from participating HIP vendors.
“We are proud to offer a weekly market that serves our community during the long, winter months and also provides economic opportunities for local farms and businesses. With food being a way to highlight different cultures, our vendors also reflect the rich diversity of our local community. We always have live music by local musicians, so the market is the place to be on winter Saturday mornings!” says Stephanie Scherpf, CAA Co-Director / CEO.
“The SWFM fosters a community for our vendors and customers during the cold and potentially isolating months out of the year. We want to continue to provide local, healthy, and affordable food in a time when food insecurity has been on the rise,” says Juliana Soltys, CAA’s Market Manager. “Please join us in cultivating a sustainable food system by supporting local businesses and farmers.”
The market will welcome back much-loved vendors, including Red Fire Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Winter Moon Roots, and Freedom Food Farm, each with a wide array of produce and winter greenhouse greens. Kimball Fruit Farm will be selling apples and other root vegetables, and Mycoterra will provide mushrooms once again this year. Cheeses will be available from Bell & Goose Cheese and Round Table Farm, while savory meats will be available from specialty vendors like Stillman Quality Meats and Lilac Hedge. Fresh artisanal pastries will return from Mariposa Bakery, while frozen tamales will again be available from a market favorite, Tex Mex Eats. Delectable desserts and confections will be offered by Donut O’Clock, Scones by Isobel, Secret Stash Sweets, and Piping Plover Baking Co., with chocolate specialties from Tick Tock Chocolates and Sueños Chocolates. Deano’s Pasta and Valicenti Pasta Farm will offer fresh, homemade pastas, and Mother’s Kitchen will be back to offer Indian meal kits and prepared products.
Thus far, generous grant and sponsorship support for this season’s SWFM has been provided by The City of Somerville, Somerville Health Foundation and Naveo Credit Union.
The Center for Arts at the Armory is located at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. To learn more and for a complete listing of vendors, weekly specials, and live entertainment, please visit http://www.somwintermarket.org. You can find the market on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SomervilleWinterFarmersMarket, and on Instagram @SomWinterMarket.