Hampton market expanding to winter
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hampton - posted Tue., Aug. 30, 2011
On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Hampton Farmers’ Market expected a visit from U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-2nd District). In its third year, the market has been attracting more attention as it expands. “The first year we had two vendors, and we had four the second,” said Market Master Renee Cuprak. “Now we have over 10 vendors.”
Cuprak said the market was inspired by a desire to help. “I started it because I wanted to feed people,” she said. “Vendors will donate produce, and we distribute that food to the needy.” Cuprak said the market distributes to local families in need, as well as donating to Willimantic’s Covenant Soup Kitchen. “These are vegetables and other produce that might otherwise go to waste,” said Cuprak.
This year will be the first that the market continues through the winter months. The winter market will offer root vegetables, lettuces, Christmas trees, wreaths, crafts and other items. “It’ll actually be indoors, too,” said Cuprak. “So that will be nice.”
Aside from local, fresh produce and flowers, the Hampton Farmers’ Market offers homemade jellies, relishes, soaps and other products. One of the more unusual products is the Mystic Hickory Syrup line offered by Turkeywoods Farm, LLC. “We wanted something original, because maple syrup is so plentiful,” said Turkeywoods co-founder Thuy-Trinh Nguyen. Mystic syrups are made from the bark and the nut of the hickory tree. The syrups have a unique flavor, and Nguyen recommends using them as a substitute for maple syrup, adding that they are particularly good on squash and corn bread. Turkeywoods even distributes a pamphlet with the purchase of a bottle of syrup, which offers recipes for food and cocktail suggestions. Find out more about hickory syrups at www.mysticsyrups .com, or via Facebook.
The Hampton summer market continues through September, on Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. The winter market will most likely run from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The location for both markets is Chapel Greenhouse, located on Route 6 near the Chaplin/Hampton town line.