We know we are preaching to the choir when we sing the praises of the Kennett Winter Market, but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves… As you know, the Kennett Farmers’ Market has been thriving this winter. It’s amazing to realize that our local farmers work all year growing fresh produce like baby spinach & fresh lettuces. What else can you find at a winter market? There are “storage crops” such as winter squash, turnips, potatoes, carrots, apples and onions, and a personal favorite – sweet potatoes! Plus you will find eggs, meats, cheeses, breads & baked goods, honey, and a wide array of locally made specialty foods such as jams and sauces.

Winter Markets are held on the first and third Friday of each month from November through April, beginning at 2 pm and continuing until dusk (5:30 p.m.). You will find the vendors set up outdoors along State Street and convenient parking is available in the borough garage at State & North Union St.

OUTDOOR WINTER MARKET VENDORS

 Guinea Hen Garden will have fresh eggs and honey, plus winter herbs are available by advance order. E-mail Jloustau@aol.com.

Maiale Cured Meats   Pre-order or pick up one of a dozen or more different pork or chicken sausages or salumes. Sweet Italian, Cajun Andouille, Linguica, Satay, Thai curry, Buffalo, Tuscan, Venison, etc. Phone your order to 302-691-5269 or email them: billyrawstrom@maialecuredmeats.com

Beyond The Spice     This week they bring three new recipes to sample these slow-cooked artisan simmer sauces:

•Eggs Pocketsin Bhartha Sauce         •Chicken Tikka Masala                    •Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Ginger

Birchrun Hills Farm is back with their handmade artisan cheeses, including a creamy, raw milk natural rind semi-soft cheese with delicate blue flavors.

Mountain View Poultry Farm    Organic poultry, sausages, broths, chilis and eggs to market will be on their market table.

Countryside Farm and Bakery brings fresh-picked greens, winter veggies, and delicious Amish baked goods and jams.

Big Sky Bakery   will have a wide variety of whole grain and artisan breads.

Pike Creek Coffee    Discover their whole and ground locally roasted coffee from the highest quality arabica beans. Stop by the table to meet Peter and sample their coffees.

Other returning vendors include:  ~Jack’s Jams & Jellies~  ~Will Hurd Architecture~  ~Clarke Green Blade Sharpening~

Featuring Special Guest Harvest Natural Foods Market

MEET THE LOCAL ARTISANS with our own Jack Hill of Jack’s Jellies & Jams

 The Landenberg Store in Landenberg is hosting its first Meet the Artesians Day on Saturday Feb 25 from 1 to 4. Jack will be there with his Jams and Jellies. In addition, meet Kathy Ruck, a local artist, Bill Cox who does hand pottery, and Thomas Van Koch glass blower. Learn more at http://www.landenbergstore.com