Monica Eng notes some of the things you might find this weekend at Robin's winter markets.
Just because the Green City Market has shut down its outdoor and indoor locations for a few months, it doesn't mean farmers market-type organic shopping has to go into hibernation too. With the "Winter Farmers Markets" in local churches, you still can buy organic produce, prepared goods, toiletries, clothes and toys from the makers. When we recently visited one in West Town, we were greeted by more than a dozen vendors, including a young girl spinning wool, a nun selling tarts and baguettes and a grandfatherly character in a fluffy fleece sweater selling products from women's cooperatives. We knew this was going to be crunchy. We immediately picked up a couple of tarts ($3 each) as well as a bag of delicious lemony madeleines ($4), a crusty baguette ($2). Next were a pair of hand-knitted mittens ($16) and an organic yarn goat toy made by a women's cooperative in Kenya ($8). It's not super-cheap, but you will rarely feel so good about spending so much.See here for market details. Note also, Robin's out foraging today, and she might have a few new goodies when she gets back. I'll post an update when I hear more.