Turnip the Winter Heat

Saturday, January 13 marked the season opener for the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market at the Benton County Fairgrounds, and it looks like 2018 will be a doozy for this local staple. 

Thanks to a new outdoor area, there will be even more vendors to shop for those sweet, sweet local goods. If that isn’t exciting enough, the new area will be covered, so no need to fear the rain – unless it’s that crazy sideways variety.

This rare, cold-weather farmer’s market features a variety of meats, cheeses, crafts, baked goods, tasty snacks, honey, and of course, enough winter vegetables to fill several large cornucopias – but bring your own cornucopia if you don’t use bags like everyone else.

All the food and pleasantries here are grown or made locally. We at The Advocate not only think that locally grown food tastes better, we like to think it feels better knowing that our hard-earned pennies are contributing to the betterment of our friends, neighbors, and the community as a whole.

A few new vendors are appearing this year, most notably Pupuseria Del Valle. If you’ve never eaten a pupusa, don’t be frightened – we suggest that you take a deep breath, then get you’re a*s to the market this Saturday and try one (maybe two). 

Be sure to sign up for the customer appreciation drawings, they happen once a month. If you win, you’ll receive a lovely mix of the good stuff from these local vendors, all inside a rad Corvallis Indoor Winter Market shopping bag.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your cornucopia, plug in the slow cooker, simmer up a locally sourced stew paired with some locally baked bread, and share with your friends and family. It may be cold out, but a little bit of warmth goes a long way.

By Jay Sharpe