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New Winter Farmers' Market to Start in Newton this November

A reception for the Newton Farmers' Market will also be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 p.m. - 8 p .m. at the Jackson Homestead.

Roughly a month from now, the Newton farmers' markets will end another season. But after things pack up, residents won't have to wait until July for the farm-fresh produce and homemade goods.

Starting Nov. 13, Newton will have a winter farmers' market at the Hyde Community Center on Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands. 

The market will run on Tuesdays through June, according to Parks & Recreation Market Manager Judy Dore. Similar to the summer/fall farmers' market at Cold Spring Park, the winter market will run from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

According to Dore, Ward 5 Alderman John Rice called Dore to invite the Parks & Recreation Dept. to do a winter market at the community center. 

"I loved the idea and I'm recruiting farmers to join us," Dore said in an email to Newton Patch.

As of this week, Dore said she has signed up local merchants to sell fresh fish, beef, turkey, jams and jellies, cheese, maple syrup, coffee and dog treats, to name a few.

Dore also has two local farmers willing to provide winter vegetables, but she is looking to sign up more. (Anyone who is interested can email her at jdore@newtonma.gov.)

In addition to the new winter market, the Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with Historic Newton for a special reception on Wednesday, Oct. 10. 

The reception, which will be held at the Jackson Homestead and Museum, will include an exhibit on the history of the farmers' market. The Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets Executive Director Jeff Cole will also be a guest speaker, Dore said.

A copy of an invitation to the reception is in the media section above.

Light refreshments will be served at the event and guests will receive a reusable shopping bag of fruits and vegetables along with the newest edition of the Edible Boston Magazine.

The Oct. 10 reception will run from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

Nick Shumeyko September 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
How do they grow vegetables in the ground when it's all freezed up?
Linda Bloomingdale October 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Some vegetables can be kept in cold stoage after the harvest. Our foremothers kept them in a root cellar! Examples are onions, potatoes, squash, apples.

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