Farmers' Market now held every Sunday

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Tue., Jul. 12, 2011
Phil Mitchell of Littel Acres Farm hands Tony Dennis his purchase of fruit at the opening day of the South Windsor Farmers' Market on July 10. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Phil Mitchell of Littel Acres Farm hands Tony Dennis his purchase of fruit at the opening day of the South Windsor Farmers' Market on July 10. Photos by Martha Marteney.

“The biggest reason we do the farmers’ market,” said South Windsor Historical Society President Brian Rivard, “is to bring attention to what we’re doing at the school.” The Union School Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 16, and takes place on the lawn behind the Union School, located at 771 Main St., opposite the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road. The market opened for the season on July 10.

“This is our first time to do a farmers’ market,” said Phyllis Draghi. She decided to participate in the market in order to have more exposure for the Draghi Farmstead, which is located on the South Windsor/East Windsor town line. The farmstead will offer fruits throughout the summer, including peaches, apples, plums and nectarines. “We go through August with blueberries,” she said.

“This is the one market I’m going to,” said Mark Hood, of the new Plum Gully Farm in South Windsor. Hood grows a wide range of organic vegetables, including cucumbers, eggplant, squash and greens.

Whimsical Olive Branch and Kitchen joined the market at the end of the season in 2010. “I just love doing this, meeting people,” said Cheryl Mahoney of Watertown. She makes infused olive oils and vinegars, along with a variety of pestos and savory jams. “I grow all my own vegetables, spices and herbs,” she said.

“I love it,” said Gina Valles, of South Windsor, about Mahoney’s products. “Knowing [Whimsical Olive Branch] will be here, I’ll come back even more often.”

“I just like fresh food and vegetables,” said Tony Dennise, of South Windsor, as he selected fruit from Littel Acres Farm out of Glastonbury. Dennise especially looks forward to the heirloom tomatoes, one of the Littel Acres Farm’s specialties. Littel Acres also sells peaches, apricots, apples and corn.

“This is my first time here,” said Jeff Tilghman, of South Windsor, while visiting the Futtner’s Family Farm booth. Based in East Hartford, Futtner’s offers all types of vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, squash, greens and corn, just to name a few.

“People have been raving over the patty pan squash,” said Honora Futtner, who described the customers as wonderful people and the Union School as a great location for the market. This year, Futtner’s is also selling kohlrabi, okra and both Chinese and Portuguese cabbage.

Patricia Brunelle, of Glastonbury, is one of the four beaders offering hand-made jewelry by 4B Jewelry Design. Her sister, Joanne Brunelle, lives in South Windsor. The other “B”s are sister Diane Bertash of Tolland and mother Pauline Brunelle of Broad Brook. “We design everything,” said Patricia about the stretch bracelets, toggle bracelets, ankle bracelets and eyeglass holders. “We also match to people’s existing jewelry and do repairs.” All of the items used are lead-safe.

Customers can stop by the Burke Ridge Farms’ booth to purchase cuts of freshly-frozen, natural Angus beef, along with local honey.  Burke Ridge Farm has a full farm stand and garden center on Ellington Road on the town line.

“I think it’s exciting,” said South Windsor resident Nancy Florida, about the market. She was impressed with the variety of offerings, even on the very first day of the market. Another half dozen vendors are expected to join the market before the end of July.

Twin Birch Farm is a goat dairy based in Stafford. Owner Danielle Works has 22 Nubian goats, whose milk she uses for chevre, yogurt and ice cream. She also sells the goat milk, along with eggs. “I just can’t believe the amount of product we sold,” said Works, who sold out of ice cream in the first hours of the market.

The market is organized by the South Windsor Historical Society. At the market, the Historical Society sells Hosmer Mountain sodas, including sarsaparilla. Rivard noted that the Historical Society has a new map available, provided by Design Professionals, which shows the historic locations in town. For more information about the South Windsor Historical Society, visit southwindsorhistory.org or call 860-331-9892.


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