We at the Franklin Farmers Market would like to remind our dedicated foodies that our winter farmers’ market is open year-round and is currently approaching winter market hours. From this Saturday until the end of December, we will be open from 8am until noon, with almost 50 vendors providing you and your family with the largest selection of farm-fresh produce, locally-raised meats, artisan cheeses, milk, eggs, artisan goods and accessories, and much, much more. In fact, for sake of brevity, we’d like to summarize the best reasons to visit our winter farmers market every Saturday from now until spring!
Farm-Fresh Produce All Year Long. It’s no secret our farmers’ market offers the largest selection of locally-grown produce all year long. Baby lettuces, tender greens, winter squashes, broccoli, beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and more are available throughout the cold months during our winter market. You won’t be missing out on all the fresh and healthful veggies at our winter farmers’ market.
Locally-Raised Meats. During the winter months when stews and braises are at their best, get your meat selections from your local producers at our winter farmers’ market. Grass-fed Hereford and Angus beef roasts, rib-eyes, and filet mignons; Berkshire pork chops, loins, and sausages; and pasture-raised whole chicken, thighs, and breasts. Plus, lamb, bison, goat, naturally-raised veal, and free-range eggs. All cuts of meat are available at our winter farmers market provided by our six meat producers — Bear Creek Farm, Peaceful Pastures, Red Cedar Bison, River Cottage Farm, West Wind Farm, and Triple L Ranch. (Also! Thanksgiving turkeys are now available for ordering from Peaceful Pastures and West Wind Farms.)
Homemade Soups. Nothing warms a winter chill like homemade soups ready to be taken home, and the talent behind Jones Mill Farm, Flying S Farm, and Lucy’s Kitchen know how to do soup right! These soups are made fresh using local ingredients. Look for Beer Cheese, Tomato, Provincial Beef Stew, and Potato and Cheese, among others, through the cold season at our winters farmers’ market.
Artisan Goods and Handmade Gifts. This holiday season, shop local at the Franklin Farmers Market! We will be open all winter for you to purchase those perfect locally-made, one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special people in your life. From handmade soaps and body care, to original pottery, to woodworks, candles, home décor, and jewelry, you can knock-out that Christmas list and support your local artisans, too, all winter long at the Franklin Farmers Market.
Prepared Foods. One thing is for sure about our farmer’s market — there is no shortage of deliciously prepared foods, and our winter farmers’ market is no different! Geraldine’s Greatest Chess Pies and Papa C’s Pies will be available all winter for your holiday gatherings. Greek pastries from the Olive Branch Bakery will be fresh and waiting for your morning coffee. Speaking of coffee, we will have 8th and Roast serving piping-hot hand-poured coffee to warm you up, too. Norton Family Farm will have breakfast quiche’s and spiced pumpkin rolls. Plus, Ellie’s Old-Fashioned Doughnuts will be in steady supply every Saturday morning in rotating seasonal flavors. And don’t forget about our dedicated food trucks that serve breakfast and lunch items every Saturday during our winter farmers’ market!