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October 24, 2013

Indoor market expects crowds

City readies for extension of summer farmers market

The leaves have turned, and the wind blows a little harder and brings a chill. The days have shortened as the seasons change.

As the local climate shifts, so has the Farmers Market as it transitions to an indoor venue at 15 Kenoza Ave. inside the Universalist Unitarian Church.

There every Saturday from Nov. 2 to Dec. 21, vendors will continue to sell their wares, vegetables, soap, teas, wine quilts, organic dog food, gluten free baked items and more.

During the summer, the Farmers Market operates on Saturdays on Bailey Boulevard, next to the police station.

In its indoor location, the market will operate Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The market will even have Christmas trees.

“I’ll carry small trees and table-top trees indoors,’’ said Stephanie Lesiczka of Wally’s Vegetables. “If someone wants larger trees, I’ll send them out to our regular tree display for the full-size trees.”

The cool-weather indoor venue is a great draw and its reputation stretches beyond Haverhill’s borders. In its third year, the winter Farmers Market is popular with non-produce vendors because the venue draws people looking for more than just vegetables.

“The winter market is a great segue from the successful summer market we have each year,” said Quinn Soine, the Team Haverhill organizer for the winter market and a vendor herself.

Soine owns Quinn’s Canine Café, which produces and sells organic dog food and treats. She said the winter vendors are farmers market veterans who sign up for the winter venue because of the success they had at the summertime market.

Once the vendors saw their customers’ response to the last two winter markets, they wanted to keep that momentum going through the year.

The indoor market will set up in the same first-floor room of the church that it has used in the past.

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