Tuesday November 20, 2012 | 10:35 AM

 Who would have thought that the third coldest state in the Union would be a leader in fostering indoor winter markets?

 At last count there were nearly 30 such markets from York to Orono, the latter being one of the longest running out door winter markets regardless of weather. 

My favorite winter market is still at the Fort Andross complex in Brunswick, which I visted this past weekend(Brunswick Winter Market). This runs every Saturday from 9 to 12:30.  From all the vegetables you need to fish, baked goods, prepared food,  meats (chicken, lamb, pork, beef and veal) and crafts, it makes Portland's version pale in comparison because Portland's rules are more stringent regarding what vendors can sell.
I bought all the vegetables I needed for Thanksgiving dinner from Six River Farm and Fairwinds Farm including their just processed cornmeal from their own harvested corn.  Other finds were lamb from Apple Creek Farm,  pastured eggs from Gryffon Ridge and the best popovers from the Farmer's Daughter.
Here’s the scene this past Saturday at the Brunswick Market. 
The Farmer's Dughter Table
 Catch of the Day at Port Clyde
Swallowtail Creamery baked goods
For a partial list of markets, go to Mfg.org 

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