The continuation of Arlington’s farmers market during the holiday season provides the fresh, locally grown produce and more that residents can use to enhance their holiday meals. 

“I’ve had so many people appreciate that fresh produce,” said Diane Krieg, executive director of the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

The Arlington Christmas Holiday Market has four farmers on tap to sell fresh produce along with around 45 vendors for the two holiday markets that go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first one takes place Nov. 27 and the second one takes placed Dec. 4. 

“We’ve had some wonderful support from the community,” Krieg said. Krieg mentioned the farmers who have signed up for the holiday market and will have fresh produce thanks to greenhouses. 

Krieg noted that Hammond Bread, which is based in Arlington, and You Are What You Eat Fish Company are selling during the markets. 

She added that families using EBT can use the benefit to buy fresh food at the farmers market and the department of health provides a match for fruit and vegetable purchases. “That’s a huge bonus to some families,” Krieg said. 

The Arlington Holiday Christmas Market is a continuation of the market season that goes typically from Mother’s Day through early October. An additional market took place Oct. 30 in time for Halloween. 

Nov. 27 is Arlington’s Shop Small Saturday and Hometown Holiday Kickoff, where businesses in downtown Arlington stay open late and Olympic Avenue is closed to motorized traffic to allow visitors more room to walk. The tree lighting at Legion Park takes place at 5 p.m. 

Dec. 4 is Hometown Holidays that includes a parade and a visit from Santa. 

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