Nassau Valley Vineyards Farmers Market will run a winter market from 12 to 3 p.m., Sundays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 17. The winter market will include a dozen vendors that will feature locally grown produce, honey, jams, lavender, teas, pastries, pies and savory baked goods, mushrooms, pasta, kettle corn and pickles, just to name a few things.
Pat Coluzzi, market master at the Nassau Valley Vineyards Farmers Market and Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market, says, "People have expressed a real desire and need for a local market to continue beyond the normal growing season. All of the other Cape Region markets including Rehoboth cease operation from late fall into early spring." The extended market allows local vendors to keep their wonderful products in front of customers all the way through the holiday season.
Nassau Valley Vineyards co-owner Peggy Raley-Ward said, "Our setup at Nassau Valley allows for the versatility of the market to remain outdoors if the weather is nice or to move inside if it isn't. Rain or shine, cold or pleasant, we will be open."
Nassau Valley will also have warm mulled wine and red wines by the glass to replace the Sangria bar that was so popular during the summer market. The winery tour and tasting will be open, and patrons can stock up on all their favorites for holiday entertaining and gift giving.
Locally grown food no longer has to disappear as winter nears. Celtic Acres has been able to extend the growing season for many vegetables with the installation of its high-tunnel greenhouses. Fresh Harvest Hydroponics from Millsboro will feature lettuces, spinach, arugula, wheatgrass shots and microgreens, all grown from organic seeds, pesticide free. Farm owner Bill Jordan said, "Microgreens are great in salads, sandwiches and wraps, and you get 40 percent more nutrition from eating microgreens than from the actual plant."
Pets cannot be accommodated in the market areas or winery buildings. Nassau Valley Vineyards is at 32165 Winery Way just outside Lewes. There is ample free parking. For more information, go to the Nassau Valley Vineyards Farmers Market page on Facebook for weekly updates, call 302-645-9463 or go to nassauvalley.com.