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Winter version of Old Town Farmers’ Market has found a hip new home

The Old Town Farmers’ Market returns this weekend for its winter installment, this time at a new venue.
The Old Town Farmers’ Market returns this weekend for its winter installment, this time at a new venue.

In Wichita, farmers market season never ends.

Though the popular Old Town Farmers’ Market put on its final outdoor market of the year on Oct. 27, it’ll relaunch this weekend with an indoor winter version that’s focused on food, gift items and winter vegetables like lettuce, radishes, carrots and sweet potatoes.

And it’s found a new place to stage it: Wave, an indoor/outdoor concert venue that opened earlier this fall at Second and St. Francis.

Unlike in the summer, when the market happens on Saturday mornings, the winter market will happen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Luke and Amy Snow, who took over management of the market in 2016, added a winter component last year, when they opened Sundays at Distillery 244 in Old Town.

The new Wave venue will work out better, Luke Snow said.

(FILE VIDEO -- 2018) Adam Hartke's new Wave indoor-outdoor event venue in downtown Wichita in August before it opened.

“We liked Distillery 244, it just wasn’t ultimately a great fit for us,” he said. “Wave is in the sense that it has the right space. We have indoors and outdoors, and we’ve leased the whole venue,” he said.

On opening day on Sunday, the market’s vendors will stay indoors. There will be about 16 of them, Luke Snow said.

Throughout the season, they’ll sell cool-weather crops plus meats, baked goods and crafts. There will be food trucks as well as barbecue from B&C, Wave’s house food vendor. On warmer Sundays throughout the winter, the market will expand into the outdoor area and can add up to 50 additional vendors. Wave has outdoor heaters and spaces for fire pits too, Luke Snow said.

There will be a market highlighting items needed to make Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 17. Then, Dec. 2 will be a “holiday market” with lots of gift items for sale.

The winter market also will have lots of demonstrations, workshops and special events, Luke Snow said. For example, the market will feature some do-it-yourself gift-making events through December.

The market won’t happen on Sundays that bump up against holidays.

Luke Snow said he has several other plans in the works for the market as a whole. He will expand the summer market next year, adding more vendors, more food trucks and more live music.

And the Snows are also launching a new summer market in Goddard in the newly designed Linear Park. It will be based out of the pavilion next to the new playground and splash park. It will launch in April.
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