While warm weather farmer’s markets increase in popularity each year, winter farmer’s markets are gaining loyal patrons as well. Winter farmer’s markets offer a lot more than just seasonal, winter produce. Shoppers are often surprised to find some very unique holiday gifts at local winter farmer’s markets. What should you know about holiday shopping at winter farmer’s markets?
Early shoppers reap rewards at winter farmer’s markets. Shoppers who frequent farmer’s markets know that much of the best, freshest produce and items are snapped up quickly. This is especially true in the winter months when produce availability is limited. Many times, in winter months, vendors also create a few specialty gift packages or baskets from their products-and those are guaranteed to be quickly sold during the holiday shopping season.
Holiday themed items take center stage at winter farmer’s markets. Holiday trees, wreaths, special winter flowers and cold weather plants are commonly sold at winter farm markets. Crafty vendors also often create handcrafted holiday items for sale during winter months as well from a variety of local, natural materials. Winter farmer’s markets are great places to pick up fresh holiday greenery.
Local products take on new meaning at winter farmer’s markets. Because farm produce is often less plentiful in the winter months, some winter farm markets allow vendors more freedom in the types of items sold. Shoppers should still expect local items–but, may find more locally produced arts, crafts and cottage food items than locally grown vegetables during winter months. Winter farmer’s markets are a great place to find handcrafted soaps, lotions, art pieces, and a unique selection of gift worthy items-made by local artists and craftsmen.
Winter farmer’s markets are great for gift basket builders. For holiday shoppers planning to create themed gift baskets for holiday presents; winter farmer’s markets offer many delightful options. Shoppers may find everything from locally handcrafted baskets and containers to an array of crafts, preserved foods, jellies, artisan breads, cheeses and more to pack into a one-of-a-kind, themed holiday gift basket.
Green friendly holiday gift seekers are perfectly suited to winter farmer’s markets. Obviously, buying locally is good for both the economy and the environment as vendors present at the local farm market are typically from within the market community and offer items produced, grown or raised in that community. For shoppers seeking a more eco-friendly holiday season, shopping at a local winter farm market is the logical first step.