Winter farmers market an alternative for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

The Winter Market at Village Green Farmers Market boasts locally produced food — from salsas, hummus and pickles to desserts to olive oils and winter squash — but also has a number of gift items, such as jewelry, candles, hand-crafted soaps and unique home decor.

It’s where you can roll in last-day Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shopping in one stop without the high-pressure rush, said Fairfield’s winter farmer’s market manager.

”What I’ve been pushing in all my Facebook posts is, ‘Impress your guests,’” said market manager Kari Russo. “This is impressive, people are impressed by this. When you support local, you’re supporting your community, you’re supporting these local vendors.”

Vendors in the Winter Market are small businesses in the community, and businesses like these have long been considered the backbone of the economy. The Small Business Administration said there are 28.8 million small businesses in the country, and their 56.8 million employees is nearly half of all employees.

There are 19 vendors, who were a part of the summer market in the Village Green, in this year’s winter market, which kicked off on Nov. 7. Last year there were six vendors.

People followed the vendors from the park to inside the Fairfield Community Arts Center, said Russo.

“One of my vendors reported double sales over the first day of last year’s winter market, and one reported more than double what they expected to sell that day,” she said. “I know we had good traffic because you can observe it, and there’s a good hard number, too.”

Vendors include: RB2 Farms, 5 Oaks Organics, 7 Wonders Farm, Wolfs Honey Bee Farm, Carrie’s Creations, Kofina Olive Oils & Vinegars, Pickled Paradise, Baking Divas Cupcakes, Mwimbula Fresh Coffee & Fresh Breads, Katies Classic Cookies, Genesis Kiffles, MaiRo & Co Dog Treat Bakery, Uniquely Knotted, Lemonwood Soap Co., Lucking Artworks, The Natural Wick and Creative Custom Jewelry.

The Winter Market runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month through March inside the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive.

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