Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Salem Winter Market - Only two weeks left!

I love the Winter Market.  It is warm and flavorful (samples abound), there are seasonal gifts including gingerbread houses, wreaths, and kissing balls, and there are staples from farms in the region including squash, potatoes, carrots, eggs, and more. 

And it's inside. 

The Salem Winter Market is being held in the stalls of Artist Row, so no matter the weather, there are treats and necessities to sample and buy in the protected space of Artist Row.  Only two weeks remain, so if you have not yet visited the market, stop by on Thursday between 2pm - 6pm. December 22nd - next week - is the final market of the year, and then we have to wait until June for the Salem Farmers Market to bring us the strawberries of early summer.

A word to the wise regarding the Winter Market - the lobsters go fast, so get there early if lobster is on your shopping list.  In the event the lobsters are sold out by the time you arrive, I recommend the seafood chowder and homemade pasta with a mixed green salad.  A fabulous dinner.

The homemade salsas are pretty awesome, too, as are the flavored butters, which are conveniently sold next to the artisan breads.  Oh, and the mushrooms... I've never seen such mushrooms! 

Cookies, marvelous cookies!

And the cookie samples....

Root vegetables!

The final fresh apples of the season.

Inside the Market

Wally's Vegetables

Homemade pasta

One more note - if you miss the Market, Milk & Honey on Church Street carries local produce, grass-fed beef, homemade soups, and local milk, cheese and eggs.  Milk & Honey is here year-round, and it's a lovely store. 

But try to get to the market on Thursday, because it will soon be gone, leaving us longing for fresh local produce during the winter months ahead. 

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