As the holiday season picks up speed, Rochester Farmers Markets is hosting two more Saturday markets on December 14 and 21 at Graham Park. These markets are held jointly with the Friends of the Farmers Market Holiday Bazaar, so the two buildings will be full with around 75 vendors each week and offer crafts, gifts, and brunch in addition to farm products!

This year’s Bazaar will feature a juried selection of creative local talents from around the area. Come shop for crafts, arts, snacks, gifts and so much more! The building is historic and absolutely beautiful, and several of our fantastic concession vendors are offering brunch options so that you can savor and shop.

In January, the market returns to one building (Graham Park Industrial Hall Building 35) every other Saturday for the remainder of the winter months: Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; Mar. 7, 21; Apr. 4, 18.

Cooking ideas:

Roast some vegetables.

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This late-season treat is a satisfying, healthy way to prepare all the hearty crops you see on our farmers’ tables in December. Most vegetables can be roasted at 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit, for 45 minutes to one hour. The key is a slow cooking process, light oil, and your favorite seasoning mix. Don’t worry if you can’t tell a turnip from a rutabaga - the farmers will be more than happy to explain the difference and probably have tips on how to prepare them! Another great option is to look for a "roasting mix" of vegetables which can be prepared all at once and saved throughout the week for a side dish or grain bowl.

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Roast a bird.

Market Manager Jess Joyce says that this is a go-to that she does at least once a month. "I usually roast a medium-size ( around 4 lbs.) whole chicken on a weekend afternoon for my husband and I. We’ll enjoy drumsticks or other large cuts the first night, save the rest of the meat to shred for fajitas or soup, and make chicken stock out of the carcass and freeze it in ice cube trays for easy use."

Pick up holiday favorites with nearly zero prep.

You can grab platters of cookie and candy at the Farmers Market for easy gifting and entertaining, as well as lefse (fresh, frozen, rolled in butter and brown sugar, original or gluten-free) at various vendors’ stalls. And don’t forget the eggnog!

Raised products like… Beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bison, turkey, elk, trout, eggs, milk, cheese curds, ice cream

Produce like… Hot-house tomatoes and greens, microgreens, winter squash, carrots, onions, garlic, shallots, potatoes, cabbage, brussels sprouts, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, apples, turnips, parsnips, radishes, dry beans, popcorn, herbs, spices

Specialty items like… Baked treats, breads, candies, jams, jellies, pickles, lefse, floral arrangements, porch pots, honey, maple syrup, salsa, soaps, coffee, tea, hot chocolate