GROTON -- With the farmers market wrapped up for the season, Williams Barn will host it's annual winter market as an opportunity to stock up on locally grown vegetables and handmade goods for the holidays.

Held inside the restored barn and outside on it's property, the winter market will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row.

This year the market will have close to 20 participating vendors, according to Leo Wyatt, Williams Barn committee chairperson.

Consider choosing from a variety of homemade soaps, jars of pickles, jams and honey, cheese and wine to give as a holiday gift and keep for yourself. Fresh baked goods will be offered at the market, including holiday bread and pies baked to order.

If you're looking for something special to bring for dessert that will travel well, consider a dozen festive cookies.

"Everything is homemade from scratch. My pies are made with all local fruit, my turkey sugar cookies are the most enjoyable to make and very popular for Thanksgiving," said Carmella Coughlan, La Bella Dolce baked goods, who will also offer a special dessert for vegans.

Familiar farmers return with locally harvested winter vegetables that include squash, carrots, beets, onions, garlic and potatoes that will make any Thanksgiving meal delicious.

"I'll be selling winter squash and broccoli," said Chad Spiczka, a young local farmer, who was busy plowing his vegetable field last week in preparation for the winter months.


Autumn Hills Orchard, located up the road from the barn, will be selling a variety of apples.

Saint Isidores and Luina Greine Farms will offer alpaca wool products, just in time for winter and holiday gift-giving and for children of all ages, alpacas will be visiting to pet and learn about.

The barn committee will off hot apple cider, apple cider doughnuts and homemade chili. Live music from Bob Wright's group, Back to the Garden, will add to the local market's country atmosphere.

The Williams Barn winter market has been certified by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and its vendors are eligible to accept WIC coupons and elder coupons.

As in the past, a drawing of local gift and food items, including a fresh bronze turkey, donated by Joe Twomey, will take place to help support the barn. Originally built in 1840 and since restored, Williams Barn is an example of early timber framing reflected in American barns of this period.

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