This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Somerville Winter Farmers Market, as I often do on Saturday mornings throughout the winter. The market sets up shop in the unique and funky Arts at the Armory building on Highland Ave. in Somerville, MA. There, an array of local farmers, food artisans, bakeries and winemakers showcase their products, often offering samples and plenty of friendly smiles to go around.

Stillman Farms Greens

Greens from Stillman's Farm

This farmers market is one of my winter favorites, because once you walk through the doors, it feels so warm and welcoming inside. They have a big cafe that is open during the market, which sells a variety of freshly prepared dishes, as well as loads of space for sitting, browsing, and taking it all in. The vendors are spread out across two levels, some vendors making a weekly commitment, while others are biweekly, and some are just visitors. But no matter the day, there's always a wonderful variety of fresh winter produce, delectable baked goods, libations of some sort, farm-fresh eggs and meat, cheese, and little extras like chocolate and kombucha. For a complete list of vendors, you can check out the Somerville Winter Farmers Market Facebook page, but below I've outlined a few of my favorites - definite must-see's if you decide to stop by and take in this market for yourself.

Hi-Rise Brioche

Hi-Rise Bread (weekly) - This wonderful bakery is located right across the street from us here at Dinner Series, so I'm always glad to see them at the market. They bring a sampling of their breads and pastries to sell, and often their tasty homemade granola!

Nella Pasta (biweekly) - I was introduced to this company some time ago, and the team behind the brand is so great. They are lively and fun - and their product is seriously delicious. They sell several kinds of fresh pasta and ravioli, made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Winter Moon Farm Veggies

Winter Moon Farm (weekly) - This booth sells a variety of winter produce, mainly revolving around an astonishing array of root vegetables. They always have a bunch of half-consumed veggies lying around, which they will gladly slice up and let you sample.

Bug Hill Farm (visitor) - Bug Hill Farm makes a collection of cordials, spreads and fruit products with fresh berries, rhubarb, local honey and more. Their products are unique, and honestly quite delicious. Great for cocktails, in place of jam, and so much more.

Great Cape Baking Donuts

Great Cape Baking (weekly) - Can't say I know much about this company as a whole, but I bought a cider doughnut from them during one visit, and it was one of the best cider doughnuts I've ever had. I highly recommend you try them for yourself!

Taza Chocolate (weekly) - Many of you may already know this local favorite, but it doesn't help mentioning them again here. Their stone ground chocolate is a unique and delicious product that will win you over with just one bite.

These are just a few of my favorites vendors, but in reality there isn't a bad vendor in the bunch! Each has something different to showcase, and you can leave, bags loaded, with an impressive bounty.

Have you ever been to the Somerville Winter Farmers Market?