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Winter Blues Revived

March 5, 2012

I don’t know about you, but those first signs of spring cheer me up. Even though we have had a very easy winter, personally, those first shoots growing in my garden mean the best is coming.

Typically, it has been a long wait from the last farmer’s market to the first one so it was with great anticipation that I headed to Morgantown on March 1 for the Winter Blues Market. Just the name indicates I’m not the only one missing the fresh produce. As part of the WV Small Farm Conference at the Waterfront Place Conference Center, the market was open to the public from 4-7pm Thursday evening.

Having recently learned about high and low tunnels I was ready to see salad greens and the other vegetables that were for sale there: kale, turnips, radishes, carrots and cherry tomatoes.

There were apples and lots of preserves and jams, and breads. A number of participants were selling soap and other personal care lotions. Tea was available, one West Virginia winery also was there, and I was also able to purchase some maple syrup. Several cattle vendors also had meat for purchase.

 

  

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And wool producers were there in several places as well.

The room was crowded and it was very pleasant to have access to fresh produce while being entertained by local student performance groups.

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The Local Food Dine Around was an event that provided wonderful entertainment by the Hampshire County Old Time Band and marvelous culinary offerings by 8 of the state’s highest acclaimed restaurants. 

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2012 5:25 pm

    Cute name for a Farmer’s market. Lucky for you, you’ve got no snow! We’re dealing with -20 Celsius today.. gah. Don’t know if even tunnels will help us until April… Have a great growing season!

    Eva Bee
    ps. I love that there’s wool for sale, too!

    • March 5, 2012 6:43 pm

      We DID get snow…all the kids were gleeful because school was called off. But the roads where I live were clear and by afternoon even the lawns were melted. There were a lot of “value added” products available.

    • March 8, 2012 8:44 pm

      We had an amazingly mild winter this year. I sure hope we got enough rain. Even when we have typical snow we do not have your kind of temperatures.

  2. March 13, 2012 5:59 pm

    What an amazing Farmer’s Market. I’m green with envy.

    • March 13, 2012 6:28 pm

      I bet there is a winter market in Portland…maybe in a few years we can drive up to buy yummies!

      • March 13, 2012 6:37 pm

        True, but the (roughly) 5 hour trip up there may not make it a weekly event 🙂

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