It’s cold and the ground is rock-hard, but it’s still easy to find fresh local vegetables to make winter meals tasty and nutritious. Popular in summer, farmers markets are now thriving through the colder months, too.
They’re stocked with plenty of produce, like cranberries, beets, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, squashes and sweet potatoes. Some vendors even deftly outfox winter by growing fresh local greens indoors.
In addition to bounty from the garden, many markets also feature live music, tasty baked goods, and wares from local artisans – all in warm, dry spaces out the elements. Check our listings and get to a winter market near you!
1) Berwick Winter Farmers’ Market
Includes fresh greens and produce from eight local farmers and much more.
Every third Sunday through April 15, 10 am to 1:30 pm
Berwick Town Hall, 11 Sullivan Square
2) Brunswick Winter Market
Produce from six vendors, plus coffees, teas, baked goods and local wares.
Saturdays through April, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Fort Andross Mill Complex, 14 Maine St.
3) Greater Gorham Winter Farmers’ Market
Look for produce from Findview Farm, Oscar’s Farm and The Preservation Farm.
The first and third Saturdays of each month, 9 am to 1 pm
Gorham Rec Department Activity Room, 75 South St., Gorham
4) Midcoast Winter Farmers’ Market
Vegetables from three vendors, plus music and cooking demos like making jam or wood-fired pizza.
Fridays through April, 11 am to 4 pm
Topsham Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 54 Elm St., Topsham
5) Portland Winter Farmers’ Market
Shop produce from more than 20 Maine farms that includes greenhouse greens, tomatoes and cucumbers. SNAP/EBT shoppers are welcome.
Saturdays through April 20, 9 am to 1 pm
At the former Maine Girls’ Academy, 631 Stevens Ave.
6) Saco River Market
Lively music and a range of local vendors. SNAP/EBT cards welcome.
Saturdays, 9 am to 12:30 pm.
Pepperell Center, 40 Main St., Biddeford
7) South Portland Farmers’ Market
Vegetables from Alewive’s Brook Farm plus local dairy products, meats, and more.
Sundays through April, 10 am to 2 pm
496 Ocean St. (City Planning and Development Offices/old Hamlin School)
8) Rolling Green Nursery’s Winter Farmers Market
Look for carrots, radishes, greens, microgreens, squash and more from Shagbark Farm, and more from Andy’s Edible Gardens and M & R Harvest.
First and third Saturdays in January and February, 10 am to 2 pm
64 Breakfast Hill Rd., Greenland
9) Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers Markets
With more than 60 vendors, you’ll find plenty of fresh choices. See below for locations and dates/times:
141 Rollins Rd., Rollinsford
Dec. 15, Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 23, 10 am to 2 pm
Exeter High School
1 Blue Hawk Dr., Exeter
Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 6, 10 am to 2 pm