Let the Winter Market Begin!

Fresh local food is available throughout the winter at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors!

Fresh local food is available throughout the winter at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors! by Linda Cottin

It's just a little thing... buying fresh produce from your local farmer in the dead of winter, but for some people, it is the thing that dreams are made of. For the second year in a row, Cottin's Hardware & Rental is helping make those dreams come true. Starting this Thursday, November 1, 2012, Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market will move inside Cottin's Hardware & Rental, creating the small but efficient Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors! The market runs November through April, Thursdays, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Space has always been a challenge for the Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors! and this year will prove to be even more challenging. Cottin's Hardware & Rental has begun a very major remodeling project and extra floor space will be at a premium throughout the winter months. Plans include all new lighting, all new store fixtures and a large influx of new merchandise. Much of Cottin's existing stock is being closed out and incredible deals on merchandise from all departments can be found daily. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-February, just in time for the early spring season.

Meanwhile, more local farmers have extended their growing season with hoop houses, green houses and increased production of storage crops. Several have signed up to participate in Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market – Indoors!, in hopes of providing Lawrence residents a viable source of local food year round. Cottin's will do it's best to create an adequate space each week for both farmers and patrons. Chances are good the venue will be a little different week to week and finding the market inside the hardware store may slightly resemble a game of hide and seek at times. Regardless of exact location and size, rest assured, there will be farmers and food each week at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors!

This week's vendors include:

Stony Ridge Farm - Farm fresh eggs, jams, jellies, honey, bake goods and grass fed ground beef.

Avery's Produce - Fresh, local produce including winter squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, turnips, peppers, kale, Asian greens, and more.

Two Sister's Farm - Fresh, local lettuces and greens including, bib lettuce, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, and arugula.

Valley View Farm – Fresh greens including mustard greens, turnips greens, lettuce, arugula and more.

Wakarusa Farm – Fresh local produce including mushrooms, radishes, and more.

The elusive and intriguing black radish can be found from Avery's Produce at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors

The elusive and intriguing black radish can be found from Avery's Produce at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors by Linda Cottin

Additional vendors throughout the year will include: Mellowfields Urban Farm, Moon on the Meadow Farm, Pinwheel Farm, Martin Farm, and Upward Spirals Bake Goods.

For more information on the market and the farmers visit the market’s website at: http://cottin’shardware.com/farmersmarket.

Come join us this Thursday from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market – Indoors!

Cottin’s Hardware & Rental is located at 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence.

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