Richmond and Berea Farmer's Markets prepare for winter 

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An assortment of vegetables is displayed at the Richmond Farmers Market this summer. 

The Madison County and Berea Farmers Markets will be shifting over to indoor locations as they prepare for winter.

Richmond's Dreaming Creek Brewery (109 East Irvine Street) will become the new home of the Madison County Farmer's Market until spring. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. The market will be closed on Christmas and the two Saturday's after New Year's.

The market will have a wide variety of booths set up, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, and cheeses. Given this is a winter market, special cold crops like kale, turnips, daikon radishes, spinach, and scallions will also available.

The holiday season is a big time for the Madison County Farmer's Market, as many like to purchase fresh ingredients for their Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners.

"We're thinking the next few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are gonna go pretty well for us. I do a lot of baking like yeast rolls and sweet breads and I already have quite a few people contacting me about getting some goods for Thanksgiving," said Martha Wilson, vice president of the Madison County Farmer's Market. "We also sell a lot of jarred items like pickles, jellies, relishes. Coming up to Christmas, people love to buy those to put in gift baskets."

The Richmond Mall was the original home for the winter farmer's market before the market was relocated to Dreaming Creek in the days before COVID-19. Wilson said the partnership with Dreaming Creek began in the lead up to the pandemic, forcing the market to close in March 2020 when the world shut down. As conditions have begun improving regarding COVID-19, the two establishments have joined forces once again to host an indoor winter farmer's market.

"The team at Dreaming Creek is very excited about the return of the winter farmers market at our Richmond location. It's a great partnership that gives us both some exposure to new customers and it just fits with our mission of bringing the community together. Farmers and breweries have been partners all through history, for obvious reasons, and we are excited what this means for winter business," said Dreaming Creek co-owner Charley Hamilton.

Berea's own farmers market is shifting to an indoor location as well. Every Saturday, the Berea Farmer's Market will be held inside of the Mitchell Tolle (633 Chestnut Street) building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While most of the vendors set up for the Berea Farmer's Market will be inside the Mitchell Tolle building, several will brave the weather and keep their booths outside.

Like the Madison County Farmer's Market, there will be cold crops like kale and other microgreens sold in. Other seasonal items will include wool vendors, among others.

The festive season will be in full effect on Dec. 11 when the Berea Farmers Market will host its annual Holiday Extravaganza, which will include several special booths and live music from Steve Alan.

The Berea Farmer's Market's winter transition comes shortly after the summer market moved to its permanent home at the Chestnut Street Pavilion.

Berea Farmer's Market President Renee Poitra spoke highly of the new locations.

"We've really enjoyed staying at the Pavillion," Poitra said. "We're very visible in Berea. It's something we've been waiting for for a long time. We finally have a permanent location."

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