“We think this a great way for the community to come out and get together on a Saturday,’’ said the Rev. Frank Clarkson of Universalist Unitarian Church. “It helps promote local businesses, but it also makes local people aware of what’s available in their own community.”
Angie Adams, owner-operator of the three-year-old business ApotheCaring Teas, said she would not miss an opportunity to set up her shop at Haverhill’s winter market.
“Haverhill is a wonderful place that attracts a lot of the people I want to sell to,’’ she said. “I do very well at the farmers market and want to stick with them. This (winter farmers market) comes at the perfect time for my business.’’
Adams started her business as a retirement job, after she made tea for her sick granddaughter. When the 3-year-old girl wouldn’t drink the tea, Adams told her the tea was a favorite drink of fairies and the little girl started drinking it.
“So I named my first tea ‘Fairy Tea,’” Adams said.
Organized three years ago as an extension to the Team Haverhill organization’s summer farmers market, the indoor market was a successful experiment.
“The vendors did well at the outdoor market and asked about extending it through the winter,” said organizer Jeff Grassie. “It helps the local small farms at the slowest time of their year.’’
And because the holidays are approaching, vendors enjoy the bonus of customers seeking specialty gift items. Local craft-makers and other small businesses take advantage of the season and have a successful Christmas season for their goods at the winter farmers market.
“This comes at one of the best times of the year for me,” said Liz Swan, owner of Swan’s Quilts of Haverhill. “This is when my season begins, and the winter market brings me a lot of orders. Winter’s coming and hand-made quilts make great gifts.”