|by Budget Travel||Food + Drink, Family Travel||0|
You could spend the winter holed up at home, or you could relive the glories of summer's harvest by heading to these indoor markets.
Nature has spoiled us. First there were those summer tomatoes, then August's sweet corn, September's apples, and October's pumpkins. Now, the Northeast winter chill has officially arrived; the pickins' at our farmers markets are slim, and our beloved pick-your-own orchards are closing shop. So what's a harvest-lover to do? Take the produce party inside.
On October 15, Harry and David launched pop-up "orchards" in cities across the country. The company—known for gourmet gift baskets—is transforming urban retail spaces in cities like Boston and New York to mimic country stores (think: wooden decor and fresh hearth scents). Patrons can peruse the fresh fruit and sample seasonal treats. Foodshed Market also recently opened in Brooklyn. Each Sunday, two-dozen vendors set up their regional produce in The Commons - an indoor community center. Fresh food? Yes. Frostbitten fingers? No. Then there is the mother of all new food destinations: New York's Eataly, a vision of gourmands Mario Batalli, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Matticchio. Opened in September, this indoor food market of everything Italian serves up the raw goods and prepared dishes. On a cold winter day, browse the specialty purveyors and get cozy with a bottle of wine and a hunk of cheese (and some pasta and pizza and gelato and—well, you get the picture).
There are also the oldies but goodies. Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market bustles with food peddlers all year. Highlights include the seasonal fruit pies offered by numerous Amish vendors and the fresh-churned ice cream Bassetts has been scooping since 1861. To make a day of it, hop on a market tour or sign up for a cooking class. Stew Leonard's (in Connecticut and New York) has been dubbed the "Disneyland of Dairy Stores" by The New York Times; animatronics power singing cows in the dairy section and a dancing Chiquita Banana in the produce section.
Winter activities don't have to be limited to movies and museums. With this bounty of indoor food destinations, you can make a day of your meal.
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