The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk host farmers' market

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Tue., Jun. 28, 2011
South Windsor resident Rita Graicerstein selects tomatoes at the farmers' market at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk on June 25. She and Ruth Dorman came to the shops for the market. In the background is Alysha Young of Joe's Market from Cheshire. Photos by Martha Marteney.
South Windsor resident Rita Graicerstein selects tomatoes at the farmers' market at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk on June 25. She and Ruth Dorman came to the shops for the market. In the background is Alysha Young of Joe's Market from Cheshire. Photos by Martha Marteney.

On Saturday, June 25, the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk hosted a farmers’ market at the Village Green, located near Brooks Brothers. 

“This is our first market,” said marketing coordinator Nicole Grendziszewski. The idea came from suggestions from customers and tenants that a farmers’ market would be fun. “It’s just a little something to add to the shopping experience,” said Grendziszewski.

Joe Gagliardi, of Cheshire, set up the farmers’ market, complete with fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as cut flowers. “We set up at flea markets across the state with our cut flowers and produce in season,” said Gagliardi. Tony Gagliardi, Joe’s father, operates the Happy Morning Flower kiosk on Saturdays and Sundays, located outside Brooks Brothers.

Steel drum music was provided by Bridgeport residents Bryan Garbe and Sam Hendricks of Royelty Steel Band. The South Windsor Parks & Recreation Department provided the moon bounce for kids. Vendors also provided samples, such as crêpes made on-site by Stonewall Kitchens.

“It’s exciting. I love the area,” said Eric Meyer before returning to his newly-opened store, Ice Imports. Most of the shops participated in a sidewalk sale both Saturday and Sunday.

“This is nice,” said Nancy Kasimer of South Windsor. She entered in the drawing for tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam.” “I would like to win this,” she said.

In August, two outdoor movie showings will be hosted in the Rockville Bank Park, located near LL Bean. “We provide the folding chairs,” said Grendziszewski, who noted that the movies are shown on a two-story inflatable screen. “It’s fun for the kids,” she added about watching the screen get blown up. “Tangled” will be shown on Friday, Aug. 12, and “Toy Story 3” will be shown on Aug. 19. Pre-show activities will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m., including a “moon bounce” and sand art, both free of charge. KettleKorn and other items will be available for purchase. For more details on the movies, visit the website thepromenadeshops@evergreenwalk.com.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from June 27 to Aug. 31, the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk are offering special discounts to customers using a complimentary shopping bag. The bags can be obtained from the management office, located behind Brooks Brothers, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Participating stores are offering up to 20 percent off one item that can fit in the bag. Many restaurants are also giving special discounts. Visit the website thepromenadeshops@evergreenwalk.com for complete details.


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