Serve a local feast this Thanksgiving by picking up your favorite Holly Springs Farmers Market ingredients at the first-ever Winter Market this Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, inside the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
Vendors at The Winter Market will sell fresh baked pastries, cookies and breads; cheeses; fresh and dried mushrooms; ready-made foods; local honey; gourmet pastas and sauces; all-natural meats including pork and chicken; farm fresh eggs; homemade dog treats; and more!
“We’re excited,” said Gina Clapp, director of the Department of Planning & Zoning, which oversees the farmers market – and now The Winter Market. “We have so many dedicated farmers market shoppers, and we’re going to have a full variety of vendors, except for produce. They’re the regular vendors from the farmers market, so shoppers already have a relationship with them.”
The idea for The Winter Market, an indoor farmers market to be held select Saturdays through March, came about as vendors and patrons expressed an interest in a Holly Springs farmers market remaining open throughout the year.
“For years our vendors have been asking us to consider keeping the farmers market going in the colder months,” Clapp said. “Our challenge was finding the right location for it.”
Clapp said staff had been concerned about the variety of weather winters bring to Holly Springs; many patrons might not shop at an outdoor market in freezing rain.
The new Cultural Center Program Coordinator Kathleen Hebert contacted farmers market staff to talk about ways the market could partner with the Cultural Center for programs, which led to the indoor Winter Market’s being held at the Cultural Center.
The Winter Market will be held inside the Holly Springs Cultural Center off Ballentine Street once a month. Click here for more information about the market and for a list of vendors.