Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market, Barter Fair, Workshops and more!

Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers’ Market, Sat. Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Greenfield Winter Fare Barter Fair, Sat. Feb. 2, 1 p.m.
Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave., Greenfield, MA
Week of Winter Fare events, Feb. 2-10 throughout Franklin County
For more info., contact [masked] or call (413) 522-5932.

We can all enjoy locally grown food in February, whether we’re preparing meals for a family or friends or attending a community potluck. That’s the theme of Greenfield’s Week of Winter Fare – a series of events starting Sat., Feb. 2 with workshops, displays, Soup Café, and Barter Fair at the Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market, and continuing through Sat., Feb. 10 with community events.
Pack your shopping bags and wallet and head to the Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave., Greenfield, MA. The Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop, attend a workshop, and enjoy a cup of soup. Participate in the Barter Fair at 1 p.m. Attend community events during the week. Cook up some tasty Winter Fare. Winter is a great season to savor local foods. Enjoy!
The Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market accepts credit cards and EBT/SNAP benefits. Double your money! The Greenfield Winter Fare organizers will match the first $10 spent by SNAP users, so $10 SNAP gets you $20 of produce.
What will be available at the Farmers’ Market? From apples to yams and lots in between: baked goods, cheese, cider, eggs, greens, honey, maple products, meat, preserves, pickles, root vegetables, squash, and more.
The Winter Fare Farmers’ Market Soup Café, from 11 a.m. until we run out of soup, will include soups featuring locally grown food. Restaurants serving soup at the Market include: Brass Buckle Café, Green Fields Market, Hope and Olive, Kitchen Garden Farm, and the Wagon Wheel.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help make the Feb. 2 Winter Fare Farmers’ Market a great event. Contact Devon Whitney-Deal at [masked] or (413) 625-9907.
For information about the Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market and updated lists of Winter Fare community events, visit the Winter Fare website at or contact (413) 522-5932.

There’s More Than Great Food at the Winter Fare Farmers’ Market:
Workshops, Displays, and Barter Fair

At the Feb. 2 Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers’ Market:
WORKSHOPS include:
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.:
Simple Cheesemaking (and other yummy dairy products)
Workshop leader: Margaret Christie

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.: Canning 101
Workshop leader: Mark Lattanzi

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.: Keeping Food Alive - A Winter Gardening Primer
Workshop leader: Danny Botkin

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.: Planning Your Garden to Extend the Season
Workshop leader: Pat Leuchtman

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Backyard Sugaring
Workshop leader: Cindy Tarail & Mark Lattanzi

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Composting with Worms
Workshop leader: Ben Goldberg

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the FARMERS’ MARKET DISPLAY AREA will include information about locally grown food and local agriculture.

Too much winter squash and not enough dried peaches in your life? Bring your surplus home-grown/home-made food stuffs to the Sixth Annual Winter Fare Barter Fair and trade them for someone else’s home-grown goods. Last year’s Barter Fair was a big hit with participants trading everything from frozen pesto, healing salve and homemade vanilla extract to herbal tea, chestnuts, and of course, pickles.
How does it work? Anyone who has home-made items to barter will gather at 1 p.m. with their goods and take part in informal trading during the last hour of the Winter Fare Farmers Market. A great chance to meet your home-growing neighbors, practice the art of bartering, and bring home delicious food and goods without exchanging money. Open to gardeners, gleaners, foragers, canners, dryers... even professional farmers!

2013 Week of Winter Fare Events:

What’s in your food? Film screening of: “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives” Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Upstairs at Green Fields Market, 144 Main St., Greenfield, MA. Suggested Donation: $5.

Greenfield Local Food Potluck, Sunday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m., Greenfield. For directions, call Marsha at (413) 773-0201.
“Permaculture: The Growing Edge”: Film Showing and Discussion, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sunderland Library, 20 School St., Sunderland. Free and open to all. For information, call (413) 665-2642.

Ashfield 6th Annual Local Food Potluck, Friday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, Ashfield. For information, contact John Hoffman (413)[masked] or Holly Wescott (413)[masked], [masked].

Workshop: Eating for Energy, Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Green Fields Market, Main St., Greenfield. Free. For information, contact Katherine Golub at [masked] or (413)[masked], or visit

6th Annual Cabin Fever Seed Swap, Sunday, Feb. 10, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Green Fields Market meeting room, Main St., Greenfield. For information, contact Melinda McCreven at [masked] or find us online at:

Conway Local Food Potluck Supper, Sunday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. until the food is gone!, Conway Town Hall, Main St. For information or ideas for simple, yummy local food dishes, contact Mary McClintock at (413)[masked] or [masked].

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  • Diane

    I had a really interesting introduction to several classes. I would like to thank everyone who made this possible, especially the teachers.

    February 4, 2013

    • Mary M

      I'm glad you were able to be there and learned a lot. Hope you can make it to some of the other Week of Winter Fare events listed on

      February 4, 2013

  • Diane

    I truly enjoyed each workshop with each teacher bringing their own unique techniques they have learned through the years. The crowd also seemed very friendly and also provided additional tips. I wish more of these classes were repeated and more often. Perhaps even a list of names of other like minded people that would be willing to advise as peers.

    February 2, 2013

  • Dan B.

    I can help with the backyard growing ideas but not with the farmstand regs. (Our neighbors nixed ours!) See you all at Winterfare!

    February 1, 2013

    • Diane

      I would be grateful for the backyard ideas, thank you.

      February 1, 2013

    • Diane

      Also, I am so sorry to hear about your farm stand.

      February 1, 2013

  • Mary M

    I don't know if anyone at the workshops will have info about selling veggies in front yards. . .seems similar to having a farmstand. I would check with your town/city licensing commission or such to see if you need a permit to sell produce from a farmstand. My guess is that it could be a town by town thing. Margaret Christie or Dan Botkin, two of the workshop leaders at Winter Fare, may have more info about that.

    January 28, 2013

    • Diane

      Thanks for this information, I will check it both ways!

      January 29, 2013

  • Diane

    I have a backyard that I am trying to make more permaculture friendly, but need more information on this. Also, I sell blueberries out of my front yard, and hope to have apples & pears to sell also. I don't know if the govt will ask us for permits to sell fruits or vegies in front of our homes. Maybe, you would have suggestions at some of those workshops.

    January 28, 2013

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