WESTPORT — The town's economic development committee wants to celebrate winter in style. 

The committee has received received clearance from selectmen to launch the inaugural winter farmer's market. Committee member Maury May and Steve Connors met with selectmen recently and said no Greater Fall River community hosts such a market. May said Easton does and some communities along the Cape, giving the Greater Fall River and New Bedford areas an opportunity to offer some of winter's farm staples. 

Some of these items will be sold just in time for the holiday season. May said he hopes that the first market is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and then extend into December. 

May told selectmen that meat and cheese, like all seasons' markets, will make an appearance. But, fall and winter items will also appear at these markets. People can expect apples, turnips and various crafts. 

May told selectmen he has been working with the Recreation Commission because the market will be hosted in the Town Hall annex gym and will raise money for it. 

Recreation Commission Chairwoman Renee Dufour confirmed it this week. 

"I do think it's a great use of the space and nice community offering especially since the markets in the SouthCoast are so popular in the spring, summer and fall," Dufour said. 

Selectmen did express concern the markets would conflict with youth basketball in the annex gym. May and Dufour said they have been in touch with basketball leaders. 

"I have confidence that we will be able to coordinate a schedule between all parties interested in using the annex this winter," Dufour said, adding that the Recreation Commission expected to discuss the matter when it meets.