Let’s be honest. Malls suck. But they’re pretty convenient. Luckily, the Holiday Artist Market is like the locavore’s mall. Kristen Gastaldo started the market when she was the general manager at the Music Farm and found a ton of local artists while she was planning her wedding online. “[I] realized we have a lot of local makers who sell there, but don’t have a place to sell locally. I was running the Farm at the time, so I thought I’d give it a try,” she says. The first Artist Market was in January 2010, and now the markets occur three times a year. Gastaldo picks the artists for each event. “We have an amount set for each category — jewelry, home goods, stationery, etc. — and I have a jury that helps me select,” she says. “We turn away more than we accept due to space.” And the market keeps growing. This time it’s open later and has a couple of new attractions. “I think I’m getting better at the layout. I didn’t think about stroller traffic at the first market. We’ve gradually expanded to having vendors in the balcony and on stage as well. And now we’re going to have vendors outside,” says Gastaldo. Pick up drinks from the Orange Spot Coffeehouse to keep you fueled, and snack on some barbecue or s’mores to give you that shopper’s high.