Farmer’s markets aren’t just a summer thing anymore. Last week, I went to the Somerville Winter’s Farmer Market on Highland Avenue and found hidden treasures that I would have otherwise not known to exist - especially during winter time. What’s neat is that the market located in an old armory and there’s a cafe for market goers just outside of the hall. The market runs from early December through mid-April, and although most of the farm stand items are root vegetables this time of the year, the market actually hosts a bunch of other food items like meats, cheeses, pastas, bakery items, and even kombucha and coffee.

The atmosphere is quite laid back - faint streams of light peek through the old armory windows towards the back and murmurings of vendor and customer conversations can be heard throughout. I would say definitely don’t be shy to ask for samples - including if you want to try a fruit or vegetable you are not familiar with. The vendors will actually cut a piece for you as all of them are eager to talk get market goers to try their products.

Local farmers selling beets, carrots, radishes, and potatoes

Hosta Hills selling sauerkraut and kimchi

Apple wines and syrup

The famous Union Square Donuts selling donuts and kombucha by the jar