Where can you find fresh, local foods during the winter months?

- Where can you find fresh, local foods during the winter months?

The Cooperage Farmers' Market. Currently happening and running through May 2013, farmers will gather on Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street in Honesdale, to sell produce, dairy, meats, bread, baked goods, granola, maple syrup, soaps, teas, coffee and more.

You might be asking yourself, what vegetables can be grown in the cold of winter?

Well, the veggie farmers will have plenty of root crops available —things like onions, potatoes, carrots and turnips — as well as leafy greens, like spinach, chard and kale, as they are available.

Several local farmers have invested in "high tunnels" or greenhouses that allow them extend their growing seasons.

And of course, dropping temperatures won't stop cows from producing milk, animals from eating or bakers from baking.

Rest assured that there will be no lack of pasture raised meats, creamy milk or freshly baked breads and treats.

"A weekly winter farmers' market is pretty unique," say Doni Hoffman, project coordinator of The Cooperage Project, the not-for profit organization that runs The Cooperage and helps organize the market.

"Our community has nearly year round access to delicious, nutritious locally produced foods and farm products. Not many small towns in the USA can claim that."

So if you are in Honesdale on a Saturday morning, drop by The Cooperage and check out the scene.

Do some shopping, meet up with friends and grab brunch from The Anthill Kitchen, a catering company that will be whipping up a tasty brunch menu out of the kitchen. You'll be glad you did.

The Cooperage Farmers' Market 2012/2013 vendors include: Salem Mountain Farm, The Anthill Farm, The Hardler Farm, Twin Maples Farm & Bakery, Journey's End Farm, Marcia's Homemade, Green Pasture Farms, Mount Pleasant Herbary, The Garden at Safford Farm, and Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. To learn more about The Cooperage Farmers' Market or any of these vendors please visit: www.thecooperageproject.org or call The Cooperage Project at 570-253-2020.