The new Brookline Winter Farmer's Market will open in the Arcade Building in Coolidge Corner Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Photo by Brock Parker
Brookline's summer farmer’s market has closed for the season, but a new winter market will launch this Sunday at an indoor site in Coolidge Corner.
Vendors, featuring everything from gourds to fish, are expected to participate in the first Brookline Winter Farmer’s Market at the Arcade Building at 318 Harvard St. this Sunday, Nov. 11, from noon to 5 p.m.
The market is the brainchild of Brookline resident and former chef Linda Plazonja, who has been a fan of the summer market that runs in Brookline each year from June through October.
Plazonja said she wanted to keep the shopping option available to customers year round. She will start with 13 vendors, but said she could have easily begun with 25.
“We’re going to start very conservatively,” said Plazonja.
The market will use the rented Arcade space on Sundays from November until June when the summer market resumes.
Arlene Flowers, the manager for the summer market, said Plazonja, who is 54 years old and blogs about sustainable foods gave her some helpful advice on how to get the winter market up and running. The summer market draws thousands of people to the west parking lot off of Centre Street during the summer and fall and several of its vendors will participate in the winter market, as well.
While some produce will be out of season, Plazonja said customers can expect to find vendors offering gourds, squashes, produce grown in greenhouses, as well as fish, meats and breads.
Plazonja said she wants people to think more about what they are eating and how it is produced.
“I think food can create an emotional sense of wellbeing that very few other things can create,” she said.
Setting up the winter market so close to the location of the summer market seems like the perfect fit, Plazonja said. But she said she expects she will have to train some people unaccustomed to shopping at a winter market to seek the goods inside the Arcade.
“I don’t expect 4,000 people,” she said. “I expect really good traffic.”