Hillsdale Farmers Market heads into winter with two December openings
Despite the promise of wintry weather, Hillsdale Farmers Market will be open on Sunday, Dec. 8 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a nearly complete roster of food artisans and farmers.
Because produce isn't flown in from places where it's still the summer growing season, you won't find the variety of crops that were available here into October. But market manager Eamon Molloy says there will be some offerings unique to this season.
"We do have a few winter-only vendors. Ole World Oils and Dancing Light Ranch are two vendors that attend the market November through April," Molloy wrote in an email to the SW Connection.
Ole World Oils sells Camelina Gold Oil, which is promoted as a healthier alternative to butter or olive oil. Dancing Light Ranch sells several different lavender items.
"Barn Frog Farm joined us in October when their summer market ended," wrote Molloy. "They will be with us, weather willing, through the winter. I am really happy they chose to join the market. They have great produce. Northwest Cactus and Succulents joined in the end of September. They have an incredible selection of air plants, succulents and carnivorous plants. Really neat stuff."
Azul Tellez Wright, assistant market manager, described the variety of fresh produce during the winter months in the Hillsdale Farmers Market newsletter. "Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts will be available," Tellez Wright wrote. "Then there are the leafy greens; kale, collards, mustard greens, and Swiss chard, among others. These varieties withstand the chilly months and actually become sweeter when the temperature drops. We can look forward to beets, carrots, radishes, rutabaga, turnips, and potatoes with an array of apple and pear varieties at market."
Not to mention lots of squashes, "butternut, delicata, acorn, red kuri, hubbard, sweet meat, and spaghetti…and some varieties you might not know about like honeynut squash (a mix of butternut and buttercup squashes with a sweet and nutty flesh) and banana squash (mild and crunchy flesh)," Tellez Wright wrote.
There will also be opportunities to do some holiday shopping, writes Molloy, "We will be including craft vendors in the December markets. Sun Gold Farm will have wreaths."
The featured farms with the widest variety of produce won't be at the Market in December.
"Pablo Munoz Farm and Martinez Family Farm plant mostly spring to fall items — strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce and corn — so their season winds down with the weather," Molloy explained.
The Hillsdale Farmers Market is located in the parking lot below the Wilson High School football field next to Mary Reike Elementary. If you're using GPS enter this address: 6238 S.W. Capitol Highway.
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