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Wares abound at winter markets

Lorie Hutson

Long after the squash vines have frozen and gardens readied for snow, some of the fall harvest is still available.

Winter farmers’ markets are open in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and Millwood:

•The new Local Market CdA started last weekend, inside the Plaza Shops at 210 Sherman Ave.

Vendors are selling kosher beef, lamb, chicken, wild caught salmon, fruits and vegetables, homemade bread and pasta, tofu, salsa, coffee, tea, honey, eggs and organic hummus.

Crafters are also selling handmade gifts. The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday through April.

•In downtown Spokane, the Indoor Farmers’ Market in the lobby of the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave., opens Thursday.

Organic artisan breads and pastries, fruits and vegetables and free-range eggs and beef are sold at the market between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There are also local artisans and crafters, with live music each week through April.

•The Millwood Farmers’ Market has morphed into a winter market as well, moving indoors to 8919 E. Euclid Ave.

Locally raised chicken, beef, winter vegetables, artisan breads and pastries, and local crafts are on the menu.

The market is held at the Crossing Youth Center, just east of the Millwood Presbyterian Church parking lot, from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

•The 2nd Saturday Sustainability Fair at Fresh Abundance is changing times and names.

Organizers will launch the Roots Community Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 14. The market will be held at Fresh Abundance’s store at 2015 N. Division St., across from Mountain Gear.

Local farmers, producers, artists and others will be there with their wares.

Wine and cheese advice

Find the perfect pairing for holiday cheeses and wines Saturday at Huckleberry’s Annual Cheese Extravaganza.

Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St., will feature samplings of cheeses from around the world from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including:

Karoun Dairy, Lebanon

Yancey’s Fancy Cheese, New York

Marin, Lactalis and Champignon, France

Kerrygold, Ireland

Amaltheia Dairy, Montana

Pilgrim’s Choice, England

Norseland, Norway

Divina, Greece

Essential Baking, Washington

Emmi Cheese Co., Switzerland

BelGioioso, Wisconsin

Beemster, Holland

Spokane Wine Co. experts will also be there to offer advice on pairing cheese with wines.

We’re always looking for fresh food news. Reach Lorie Hutson at lorieh@spokesman.com or (509) 459-5446.
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