Bellingham Farmers Market plans new winter markets in 2013

The Bellingham Farmers Market is expanding its nine-month season in 2013 by introducing three new winter markets.

The new markets will be held on Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 16.

Like the main-season markets, the winter events will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Depot Market Square on Railroad Avenue in downtown Bellingham.

Market Director Caprice Teske said there has been considerable demand for the market to remain open in the winter, particularly from shoppers wanting locally grown food.

Teske said she expects each new monthly market to feature 40-70 vendors and draw close to 1,000 shoppers.

“Our late-season weekly markets in November and December, begun in 2006, has become very successful as our local growers explored ways to extend the growing season,” Teske said, in a press release. “Using new techniques such as hoop houses and greenhouses, they’re now able to produce more winter-hardy crops during those months.”

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