Vendors at the Lawrence Farmers Market carry a lot of select products. Customers know who to go to for tomatoes, for green peppers or colorful wildflowers.
It's the Holiday Farmers Market, says coordinator Amy Saunders, where those same vendors pull out their side projects - knitting, candles, even ironwork.
"All of our farmers have our niche projects on the side," she says, "and it's fun to see what we do for a hobby."
Those special projects will be for sale at the annual market, which will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.
More than 40 vendors will carry local products for sale, offering holiday shoppers a chance to look for gifts with a personal touch.
"As a consumer, it's nice to be able to find something local, that's handmade," Saunders says. "It adds a special touch to by something you can't find anywhere else."
Saunders, who owns Amy's Meats, will have hormone-free and grass-fed beef, elk, buffalo and a variety of her specialty meats for sale. She says all the vendors participate in the regular Farmers Market season before selling at the holiday market.
And there might even be a little produce for sale, despite the late date.
"We have a few brave souls who will try to bring in some veggies," she says. "And there will be apples and other foods."
Admission to the event is free, and even those not ready to start shopping can enjoy the event. Saunders says there will be live music and ready-to-eat munchies for sale
"It's a lot of fun," she says. "We have some people come in groups, who show up with lady friends and go out to lunch after. It's that same sort of market square feeling that we have year-round."