Magical, Flavorful Markets
Farmer's Markets to Holiday Craft Markets thru Feb
Cordials and elixirs, shrubs and bitters, tiny silver dancers and balls of glass. It sounds like a magician’s study. In the winter season, local markets throw a warm light on regional artisans and artists selling edibles and collectibles.
North Adams will have Winter Farmers Market on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 87 Main St. You will find a variety of goods from vendors like Square Roots, Farm, Senecal’s Sugarhouse, Many Forks Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Clarksburg Bread Co., Black Goad Farm, and more. The farmers market continues on the first Saturday of each month at the American Legion in North Adams through May 6.
The Alchemy Initiative’s annual Handmade Holiday Festival, Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, is moving this year to the Stationery Factory in Dalton, a former Crane & Co. mill now transforming into artists’ studios, a distillery, a brewery, and small businesses. In the new space, the festival will have more room for work from regional artists—from wood and ceramics to knitted three-toed sloths, says Jessica Conzo, the Alchemy Initiative’s executive director. It will also have a café this year and space for workshops and demonstrations.
The Holiday Marketplace at Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge will return on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4. Known for its tradition of seasonal flowering bulbs, handmade wreaths, and tabletop decorations crafted by local professionals as well as the botanical garden’s volunteers and staff. There will also be a selection of area craft vendors and artisanal food items from local purveyors.
On Sunday, December 4, the Williamstown Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School will feature 50 crafters and artists presenting works in ceramics, hand knit clothing, quilts, jewelry, paper, dolls, honey and maple syrup, handmade soap, dried flowers, and wooden furnishings. A pancake breakfast will be available from 9 a.m. to noon, and light lunch afterward. All proceeds benefit the sixth-graders’ trip to Cape Cod.
A monthly Winter Farmers Market presented by the Pittsfield Farmers Market in The Lighthouse at the Boys and Girls Club will feature local cheese, honey, baked goods, vegetables, crafts, and more. This will be on Saturdays, December 10, January 14, and February 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 10th Annual Holiday Shindy will return to Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield with glass beads, felted gnomes, letterpress notepaper, and more. Sanctuary co-founder Crispina ffrench will also be selling her family’s screen-printed calendars.Visitors can relax to music and local food and wine, and 4-H students will gift wrap to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
Berkshire Grown presents its Holiday Farmers Market Saturday, December 17, at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will be filled with locally grown and produced food , lunch fare, live music, and children’s activities. The same happens the next day, Sunday, December 18, at Williams College Towne Fieldhouse.
A Winter Farmers Market also held by Berkshire Grown is set for January 14 and February 18 at Monument Valley Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sheffield Historical Society’s Festival of Holidays market will fill the Old Stone Store with leather goods, basketry, ornaments, and more on weekends through December 31.