LEWISTON — While “Buy Local” campaigns seem to be gaining momentum around the country this year, Mainers have long valued locally made products. The Lewiston/Auburn area has a wealth of small owner/operated businesses for holiday shoppers to choose from. The Lewiston Winter Farmers Market will bring 25 vendors together in one location on Thursday, Dec. 15, making it easy for area residents to shop for a home grown Christmas.

The December Winter Market will be transformed into a holiday extravaganza where shoppers can find hand-crafted unique foods, gifts and even gift certificates. There will be Maine grown and Maine made products including fresh fruits and veggies, pasture-raised meats, eggs, seafood, fresh milk and artisan cheeses, bread and baked goods to freeze for the holidays, maple products and one of a kind sweets. Unique gifts will include hand-crafted soaps, pottery, fiber arts, cards, holiday wreaths, herbs and herbal products.

The Winter Market Cafe will serve hot soup, bread and salad combos at affordable prices. Local favorite Jan Kendall Mayes will provide live music.

The December Holiday Extravaganza will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates St. Additional parking is available in the parking lot to the right of St. Patrick’s church.

For questions or directions, call 513-3848 or visit www.facebook.com/lewistonfarmersmarket.

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