VERNON — The Lodestar Gardens Learning Center in rural Vernon hosted their Saturday Winter Market again last weekend.

According to co-owner Barbara Hockabout, the markets are an opportunity to gather with neighbors, shop for wares from local vendors and learn about topics like sustainable living, gardening and natural health.

At last weekend’s market, shoppers could purchase fresh greens from the Lodestar Gardens Greenhouse, handcrafted soap, handmade pottery, herbs and essential oils.

The Winter Markets feature a free presentation on a different topic every weekend, presented by local experts. This weekend, Peggy Miner, a permaculture designer and Concho homesteader will discuss gardening in cold weather and “Practical Ways to Extend the Growing Season.”

Tours of the Lodestar gardens and greenhouses are also available. A homemade soup, bread and salad lunch is can be enjoyed at the market.

Hockabout said she would like to see area residents growing their own gardens and eating local produce year round. She and her husband, Clark, see their operation as a learning resource as well as a source of fresh, local produce.

The Lodestar Gardens Winter Markets will continue every Saturday — snow, rain or shine — through April 29. For contact information, see the WMI website.

For more information, email or call 928-587-1660.

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