Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Montpelier Farmers Market goes year-round!

Includes a blurb about Pete's Greens recent grant for expanding the kitchen too. -elena
MONTPELIER – Vermont's growing season may be curbed by cold weather, but the thriving marketplace it feeds is not.

The weekly Saturday Montpelier Farmers Market, until now a fair-weather phenomenon, will expand this winter into a year-round enterprise.

"I'm hoping this winter market will really open people's eyes to what is available in Vermont throughout the whole year," says Jessie Schmidt, manager of the Montpelier market. "Vendors are working harder to extend their seasons … There's just a lot more available now."

The wintertime market, to be held in the Vermont College gymnasium from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month beginning in December, won't be as frequent an occasion as its summertime companion. But the monthly event, Schmidt says, will spotlight the expanding scope of local offerings.

"Farmers work really hard storing an incredible amount and variety of vegetables," Schmidt says. "Traditional root crops – carrots and potatoes, and items like squash, rutabagas, will be available. Vendors also have been successful at extending their seasons, so you can expect to see some winter greens and herbs as well."

Local livestock farmers also will sell their products, offering everything from lamb sausage to T-bone steaks.

Read the rest at Times Argus Article: Montpelier Market to go Year-Round

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