(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market, Boston’s first winter market and a hit in the community, will be returning for a second year and swinging open its doors Sunday, Jan. 6 in Codman Square.
“This market is symbolic of what we are trying to do across Boston – encourage healthier communities by expanding access to fresh, affordable foods for all families,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to help welcome this market back to Dorchester so it can continue to provide that service here and help inspire similar efforts in neighborhoods throughout our city.”
Offering everything from homemade goods to fresh produce and even fresher meats, the market strives to provide the community not only with nutritious locally grown products, but do it at affordable prices.
"We all have a right to healthy food, and healthy food is here to stay." said Joel Wool, a board member with the Dorchester Community Co-op. "By bringing the market back for a second year, by working towards a cooperative store, and universally affordable produce, the Dorchester community shows its commitment to grow a food hub in the inner city."
Last year’s market saw a steady stream of customers while it was open for the season. This year organizers hope to get even more people to participate and fulfill the goals set by organizers, which include creating a community gathering spot, a center for fresh food, and a place for area residents of all income levels to access nutritious products.
"We are nurturing an appreciation for healthy eating and Dorchester residents of all income levels are eager to be part of the conversation about local food," said Jenny Silverman, project manager of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op. "Hosting a farmers’ market during the winter months is one step of many to ensure local food access continues year-round.”
With the option of using SNAP/EBT to purchase food and the market’s partnership with the city’s Boston Bounty Bucks program, which matches the money spent by residents up to $10, organizers hope to make buying fresh veggies and nutritious foods not only affordable, but easy.
Last year’s market may have been a hit, but organizers have changed it up a bit after learning from last year.
More vendors will be added as well as food trucks, according to Wool, and a winter Community Supported Agriculture program, which provides investors “shares” in a farm’s crops, is in the works with Dartmouth, MA’s Silverbrook Farm.
Eleven vendors will be featured in this year's market and for the first time locally raised goat meat and cheeses will be on sale.
In addition to all the produce and food, the winter market, which will run from January to March, will feature activities, music, and cooking demonstrations throughout the season.
The market will officially open Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Codman Square Great Hall located at 6 Norfolk St. It will be open from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. until Mar. 24