Warner Hosts Holiday Farmers Market Dec. 11

Warner is hosting a holiday farmers market Saturday, December 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Warner Town Hall on Main Street. Organized by the Kearsarge Area Eat Local Committee and co-sponsored by the Warner Area Farmers Market, the holiday market will offer a festive array of healthy choices “to fill stomach and stocking,” said Linda Burdick, a volunteer for KAEL.

Download/view the event flyer here: Warner – Eat Local Holiday Farmers Market (pdf 155kb )

The Gift of Healthy Eating

We really wanted to offer a variety of items, said Burdick. There will be eight vendors from Warner and others from Newbury, Sutton, Newport, Bristol, Hopkinton, Springfield and Henniker. Amongst those in attendance will be Hopewell Farm (Newbury), Dancin’ Apple Farm (Warner), Kearsarge Gore Farm (Warner) and Vegetable Ranch (Warner). Small producers and large CSAs will be represented.

For the holiday table there will be local seasonal vegetables (with recipes) and salad greens; fresh bread and baked goods and gluten-free choices; local beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey; sauces and marinades; eggs, whole milk and goat cheese; and maple syrup and jams.

Gift selections will include lip balm, skin smoothers and candles; chocolate truffles and cookies; and wreaths, fresh greens and gift baskets.

A café will offer coffee, tea and hot food; music will add to the holiday spirit.

Kearsarge Area Eat Local

Although the Warner Area Farmers Market has been around for years, KAEL formed about six months ago, Burdick said. In September, it organized Warner Eat Local Week with farm tours, an extended farmers market, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, and a community potluck dinner.

“It [the potluck dinner] truly was a community-building event,” Burdick said. “It was very warmly received.”

KAEL supports healthy food and shopping choices, our area  farmers, sustainable systems and the local first economy.

After meeting with local farmers and consumers earlier in the year, KAEL discovered that people want (1) more information about local sourcing and year-round buying and selling opportunities and (2) information and education about how to buy, prep, cook, and preserve locally produced foods.

The group meets at the Pillsbury Free Library (on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm) and welcomes new members, volunteers interested in helping with events and programs.

Other Holiday Events in Warner

On December 11, Warner Village will hold its Fourth Annual Shopping Tour sponsored by local businesses and the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce. There will be horse and carriage rides, displays by local artisans at the Upton Chandler House Museum, a Santa parade and much more. Also, on display at the Warner Town Hall, is the Festival of Trees.

Visit http://Kearsargechamber.org for details and a printable schedule.

A community calendar provided by Pillsbury Free Library also has helpful information.

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