Chase Away Your Winter Blues at Our Year-Round Indoor and Outdoor Markets
When you think of the phrase “farmers market”, it usually brings to mind visions of walking amongst outdoor tents in the warm sunshine. However, lower temperatures don’t mean that farmers markets cease to exist. There is still plenty of local, seasonal shopping to experience, even as the cold weather rages on outside. Indoor farmers markets offer a warm and inviting place to find locally-grown foods and unique hand-crafted items that can be purchased in the off-season.
The Benefits of Shopping at Farmers Markets in the Winter
Winter farmers markets are a slightly different shopping experience than the ones you may have during the summer season. There is no better time than now to discover all the benefits winter farmers markets have to offer. Read on to learn more about the advantages of shopping local during the winter:
- Intimate Environment: Winter farmers markets provide a much more intimate environment and tend to bring out the regular crowd which gives local vendors a perfect opportunity to get to know their customers and establish personal bonds. These markets are a lot more relaxed and sociable for both vendors and customers.
- Better Food Selection: If you purchase food at the grocery store, chances are the produce was grown in another part of the country or part of the world entirely. By the time these items are harvested and ready for purchase; they go through a lot and are vulnerable to losing precious nutrients along the way. Fresh, local food goes through less of a process, so you can benefit from maximum flavor and nutrients.
- Support Local Businesses: When you shop at a farmers market, you are helping to reinvest more money into the community, especially during times when markets are not as active as they are in the summer. By supporting local farmers, it helps them build a reliable and profitable market, so, they are less likely to resort to selling their farmland for development.
- Help the Environment: Regardless of the time of year, shopping at your local farmers market is extremely beneficial for the environment. Locally grown food does not have to travel as far, which means the products consume less fuel for delivery and leave a better carbon footprint.
Support Local Vendors at Cowtown Farmers Market
While many farmers markets close up shop in the wintertime, we don’t. At Cowtown Farmers Market, we invite you to visit us every Tuesday and Saturday from 8-4pm, even in the cold weather months where we take our markets indoors. During your visit, you’ll benefit from a heated facility featuring over 400 vendors that are selling anything from fresh produce to one-of-a-kind vintage treasures. Additionally, although our famous rodeo is closed until May, visitors who come to our market on Saturdays can also attend our live weekly auction beginning at 11am. We welcome you to sip on hot drinks and enjoy a variety of snacks while you take in your surroundings.
Visit our markets every Tuesday and Saturday, rain or shine. For more information, please fill out our online contact form, or if you are interested in becoming a vendor, take a look at our vendor requirements.