Week of Winter Fare starts Saturday

GREENFIELD — Each year, in the dead of winter, people venture into the cold, making their way to Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market at Greenfield High School in search of local root vegetables, pickles, baked goods, cheese and more.

The Week of Winter Fare begins Saturday with the farmers market, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school. It will offer displays, workshops and a soup cafe (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), as well as a local food Barter Fair that begins at 1 p.m.

Once again, the theme of this year’s Week of Winter Fare is using locally grown food in February.

The farmers market accepts credit cards and EBT-SNAP (food stamps) cards, and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture will match the first $10 spent by SNAPS users, so a $10 SNAP purchase gets $20 of produce.

Also available at the farmers market will be apples, yams, cider, eggs, greens, honey, maple products, meats, preserves, squash and more.

The soup cafe will be open at 11 a.m. and remain open until it runs out of soup made by local restaurants, including The Brass Buckle, Hope and Olive, Wagon Wheel and The Cookie Factory.

Organizers said they are still looking for volunteers to help at the farmers market.

Some of the workshops that will be offered that day include “Keeping Food Alive: The Secrets of Winter Gardening” with Daniel Botkin at 11:15 a.m. to noon.

“Maple Sugaring Without Trees” with Mark Lattanzi will be held 11:15 a.m. to noon and “Lacto-Fermented Vegetables” with Aaron Falbel will be held from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Also, “Your Food is Your Medicine: Cooking with Medicinal Herbs” with Leslie Chaison will be held from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

The farmers display area will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include information about locally grown food and local agriculture.

Music will be provided by Last Night’s Fun.

The Barter Fair, which will begin at 1 p.m., will allow people to bring their surpluses of homegrown or homemade food to trade for someone else’s homegrown stuff.

Organizers said at last year’s barter event people traded everything from frozen pesto to healing salve to homemade vanilla extract and herbal teas.

The farmers market will be held in the high school at 1 Lenox Ave. (use the entrance on Kent Avenue off of Silver Street).

For more information, call 413-665-7100 or visit: www.winterfare.org.

Week of Winter Fare events

Other events that will be held during the Week of Winter Fare include:

Open Hearth Cooking classes: Saturday and Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Historic Deerfield. Cost is $55 per person. Call Claire Carlson at 413-775-7217 or email her at: ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org.

Greenfield Local Food Potluck: Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Call Marsha Stone at 413-773-0201 for details and to RSVP.

Screening of the film “Food for Change” and discussion with the filmmaker on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St. For information, contact 413-665-2642.

Ashfield seventh annual Local Food Potluck: Friday 6 p.m. in the Congregational Church on Main Street in Ashfield. Contact John Hoffman at 413-625-6967 or Holly Westcott at 413-628-4613 for more information.

Annual Franklin County Cabin Fever Seed Swap: Feb. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Green Fields Market on Main Street. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/greenfieldsunflowers.

Seed Starting workshop: Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. in Ashfield Congregational Church on Main Street in Ashfield. The event is sponsored by Share the Warmth. For more information, contact Holly Westcott at 413-628-4613 or email her at: wescottha@verizon.net.

Conway Local Food Potluck supper: Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. in Conway Town Hall. For more information, call Mary McClintock at 413-522-5932 or email her at: mmcclinto@yahoo.com.

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