GROTON -- Are you already missing the absence of the weekly Farmers' Markets in our local communities?

Wishing you could have fresh local produce for Thanksgiving?

Want to get a head start on your Christmas list?

Take advantage of the Holiday Market held at Williams' Barn at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton. If you haven't seen the Williams' Barn, it is worth the trip. The land is rich with history and a living example of this areas agricultural heritage. The barn was erected in 1840 and has been beautifully restored by three generations of Williams (Wyatt's) along with other volunteers.

This year the Holiday Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 18. Meet local farmers and get fresh vegetables and fruits for the holidays while you support your neighbors, help protect open space, and benefit the environment.

You may also want to consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) offered by some farmers. You pay a farmer for shares in advance and receive a share of fresh produce regularly from their farm, usually on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. Ask the farmers about this option.

Winter squash and potatoes bought in November and stored in a cool, dry place can last till spring. Plenty of apples and other fruits for pies, and local honey and jams make great gifts. Or buy your holiday pies already made for you. There will be vendors with homemade crafts that will get you a head start on your Christmas gift list.


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And take a chance on raffles for a lot of local products/gift certificates -- you might win the grand prize, a big basket with something from all the vendors.