Thursday November 15, 2012

WALPOLE, N.H. -- The Walpole Farmers Market plans to hold its Thanksgiving Market on the town Common this Saturday as part of the town’s three-venue Holiday Fête, or festival

The event is an attempt by the town to offer one-stop shopping for both Thanksgiving meal preparations and gifts for the December holidays. It is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Jill Robinson, the facilitator of the market, told the Reformer the festival has been held for about the previous four years.

The Thanksgiving Farmers Market is set to feature most of the vendors from the summer market and a few new faces. She said vendors will offer fresh, locally-grown produce for holiday meals and for winter storage. But she is crossing her fingers for good weather.

Robinson said there should be fresh salad and pot greens and storage crops like pumpkins as well as winter squash in many colors, sizes and shapes, potatoes, beets, cabbage, garlic and carrots. A number of different meats, breads, jams and chutneys, cheeses and other dairy products, baked goods, maple products, and wines will be available to round out meal preparations.

Visitors can start their holiday shopping with crafts fashioned from the products of local farms. Animal and plant fibers and the products made from them -- such as yarn, sweaters, leg warmers, hats, mittens, baskets, ornaments, cheese boards and wooden utensils -- will also be available.


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That same day will feature the "Christmas on the Green" holiday bazaar of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the "Mistletoe Mart" of the First Congregational Church. All three events run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be wheelchair-accessible.

Hand-crafted gifts, holiday ornaments, plants, dried goods and bulb kits will be available at St. John’s "Christmas on the Green." First Congregational’s "Mistletoe Mart" will serve up hot coffee and lunch. It also will offer a long table laden with home made fudges and candies.

Robinson said the ladies of the church have labored long and hard to create luscious baked goods, crafts, gifts, and holiday trims for sale.

The next event for the Walpole Farmers Market is the December Holiday Market, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Walpole Town Hall. Monthly winter markets will be held every third Saturday, January through April, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at town hall.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277.