TILTON — The 2014-2015 Tilton Winter Farmers' Market will open Saturday, December 13, located off I-93 at Exit 20, diagonally across from AutoServ Dealerships of Tilton. The market will operate Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from December 13 to March 28.
Now in its fourth year in the same location, featuring more than 50 area food vendors and artisans, the market offers the state's finest fresh and locally-produced food products, along with carefully selected, agriculturally-based crafts. In addition to bringing a winter farmers' market shopping opportunity to the area, the market provides an economic boost for local entrepreneurs. "This market has not only allowed local businesses to expand and be accessible to shoppers during the winter, but many vendors have brought on employees to keep up with demand for their products," said Joan O'Connor, market founder and director. "Customer demand is higher than ever. People are speaking with their dollars, and vendors are responding by bringing high-quality, local products to the market to meet their needs."
Throughout the winter, Tilton Winter Farmers' Market attracts shoppers from throughout the Lakes Region and beyond, including vacation-home owners and other out-of-state visitors. The market offers a wide range of locally-produced, farm-fresh and organic produce and greens, winter storage crops, meats, eggs, dairy, cheese, breads, pastries, gourmet popcorn, gluten-free products, vegan foods, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, veggie burgers, fudge, apples, cider, honey, granola, maple syrup, jams, jellies, freshly roasted coffee, teas, wine, gourmet food items, body care products, information on composting worms, herbal products, dog treats and more. New this year, the market will feature fresh apple cider donuts, made on site, at the market. Each Saturday will also feature live music, information about sourcing local products and services and abundant sampling of delicious foods.
Tilton Winter Farmers' Market Founder and Director, Joan O'Connor, says, "For the fourth year running, The Gaudet family and AutoServ have stepped up to help, providing the perfect space for a big winter market, along with so much support every week to make sure the doors open." The market brings thousands of people through its doors every weekend and has become a winter farmers' market destination for shoppers. "Having such strong community support for the market has really helped," said O'Connor.
For more information on the Tilton Winter Farmers' Market, visit www.tiltonwinterfarmersmarket.com or visit the market on Facebook.
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