Fresh food vendors to peddle wares at Somerville winter farmers’ market 1

Forget the cold weather for a minute. In Somerville, January is farmers’ market season.

A winter market will open next month and will run through March 26 at the Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue.

“Just because it is cold outside, that doesn’t mean our healthy eating habits have to go into hibernation,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, in a statement Tuesday. “I suspect we’re going to discover a significant pent up demand for a winter farmers’ market and that the Armory will become one of the hottest places to be in Somerville during Saturdays this winter.”

The winter farmers’ market is an initiative of Shape Up Somerville, designed to increase access to healthy and local foods for residents during the cold winter months.

Two markets, one at Union Square and one at Davis, traditionally run outdoors from June to November in Somerville. In January, residents came up with the idea for the indoor market as a way to get fresh, cheap, local food during the winter.

“Somerville knows the value of collaboration and the winter market is a great example of the community coming together to create something that would be difficult for each organization to achieve on our own,” said Shape Up Somerville Director Jaime Corliss. “I extend my thanks to the Center for Arts at the Armory for partnering with the City on this exciting venture. I would also like to thank the organizations that participated in the planning process for winter market, especially MA Farmers’ Markets, Union Square Main Streets and Groundwork Somerville.”

Produce, meat, breads, and specialty foods will be for sale. For the first time ever, there will also be local Massachusetts wine for sample and sale. Nearly two dozen farms will take part.

The market will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.