Millerton’s winter farmer’s market carries on indoors

MILLERTON — Farm fields may be lying fallow, but local food producers are not taking a long winter’s nap.

Instead, many are keeping local foodies well-supplied at the indoor winter farmers’ market at the Millerton United Methodist Church at the corner of Dutchess Avenue and Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday. The next market will take place Saturday, Jan 27.

According to Paul Bengston, community program director of the North East Community Center’s (NECC) Millerton Farmers Market, the organization will provide tempting specialty choices from rotating vendors as well as the regulars, including: CoCo’s Crumbs, Herondale, Jacuterie, Light Force Bakery, Love Feast, Moon in the Pond, PBP Farms, and the soon-to-be-returning Baker’s Wife.

While the market is well-stocked, Bengston welcomes others. “It’s never too late if someone is a vendor who is interested,” he said. “Reach out to me directly because we’re always looking to have a variety. Email is usually easiest because I have to send them forms and rules.” He can be reached at paul@neccmillerton.org.

He added that while space is at a premium, the market will continue to have a community table for nonprofits, the organizers of which should apply directly to him.

Vendors, whose prices are often competitive with local stores, accept payment from EBT, WIC checks, and the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

Having moved inside when the weather turned in November, Bengston is appreciative of the church facility: “We’re happy to have a year-round market.”

Bengston noted that the market schedule is listed on the website and added that if shoppers are unsure of weather disruption, they may check Instagram or the website at neccmillerton.org/farmers-market.

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