The Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market launches its first “Winter Market”

on November 3rd. This special edition market will run every Saturday through December 22nd. It will be held in the same location as the regular season,  the Harvest Barn in the Roe Jan Park (9140 Route 22, across from the Roe Jan Library), but the hours are shifted to 10AM to 2PM.

The vendors and volunteers look forward to this extended opportunity to bring you fresh, local foods. SNAP (food stamps) will continue to be accepted by all vendors for eligible goods.

Shoppers can expect many of the same vendors they’ve been enjoying. Some vendors are doubling up, carrying products for those who can’t be part of the Winter Market; for example, Bash Bish Honey will carry their own honey but also maple syrup from Simmons Sugarworks.  Common Hands Farm is another who will carry a selection of other vendor’s items. New vendors will also be joining the Winter Market.

Some might be surprised to learn that farmers can continue to produce and harvest into November and even December. As long as severe weather doesn’t set it, crops such as beets, kale, leeks and cauliflower can flourish, along with vegetables that store well in cool weather like garlic, potatoes, and other root vegetables. You can consult the full list of typically available produce for New York State, HERE  [https://www.thespruceeats.com/new-york-seasonal-fruits-and-vegetables-2217192 ]

Since the Winter Market encompasses two traditional holidays, several artisan crafters and specialty food producers will also take part. This will give shoppers opportunities for gift shopping, holiday meal planning, and special occasions.

As the lineup will vary slightly week to week, updated vendor listings will be published on the market’s Facebook page,  www.fb.com/copakehillsdalefarmersmarket, website (www.copakehillsdalefarmersmarket) and weekly newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, use the links on the website and Facebook page, or write to copakehillsdalefarmersmarket@gmail.