Thursdays, 3-7PM, December 6-Feburary 28, at Hyatt Place, Medford Square
The Medford Farmers Market proudly invites the public to continue shopping local and independent—every week throughout the winter! The Market’s first Winter Season will be held in the Hyatt Place hotel in Medford Square, just across the street from the site of the summer Farmers Market. The Medford Winter Farmers Market will run from December 6 through February 28th, except December 27th. It will be open every Thursday, from 3-7pm. The winter market will be held in the underground parking garage of the Hyatt Place, 116 Riverside Ave., Medford Square.
The Medford Farmers Market asked the community what it would like to see in a winter market. “The response to keep it in Medford Square was overwhelming!” Says market manager, and Medford resident, Stacey Nussbaum. “We looked at several possible venues, each of which had potential, but none that met all of the criteria like the Hyatt Place. We are very grateful to the Hyatt Place for offering their space for the market.”
The market will be accessible via the elevator in the lobby of the hotel making it handicap accessible. It is heated and lighted and there will be no in and out of the garage by cars during market hours. Says the newest board member, Michael Lambert, “The idea of a farmers market in a parking garage seemed a little strange at first, but then I understood the brilliance of it…lights, heat, access, restrooms, parking, central location for people going through the square, under-used space- what else could we ask for? We will be adding the magic to the mix in the form of vendors, community tables, decorations, and entertainment to make a comfortable winter space to bring the kids and stay for awhile.”
The winter market will have many new vendors, selling products not previously available at the summer market like fish and lobster, chowder, and nuts. And of course, there will be the market staples brought by some of the summer season vendors as well as many new vendors. Available by popular demand will be four produce vendors, organic meats, grains, cheeses, breads, soups, baked goods and treats, and wine.
The Medford Winter Farmers Market will also be hosting a special shopping opportunity at the December 13th market. Fa la la la Local Festival will include, in addition to the food vendors, artists and artisans selling their goods for the convenience of shoppers doing their holiday gift shopping. Shoppers can also buy Medford Farmers Market Bucks for use at any of the vendors for the rest of the season. They make great stocking stuffers, too!
The Medford Farmers Market is grateful for the support from Medford Health Matters, Hyatt Place, and Mass in Motion Medford. Payment options are flexible as the market will be accepting cash, credit/debit cards, WIC Fruit & Vegetable Checks and EBT/SNAP benefits. EBT/SNAP dollars will be matched, and the market is pleased to announce this program is generously funded by Medford Health Matters with support from Mount Auburn Hospital.
The winter market will open on December 6, 2012, from 3-7pm and be open every Thursday (except December 27) through February 28, 2013. Fa la la la Local Festival is December 13th. More information can be found at :
– Submitted by Susan Fairchild