Winter Farmers’ Market to run through December

By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
Walter Murkowicz from the Walter J. Murkowicz Farm offered his fresh 'Connecticut-grown' onions by the bag or crate. Photos by Judy Henderson.
Walter Murkowicz from the Walter J. Murkowicz Farm offered his fresh 'Connecticut-grown' onions by the bag or crate. Photos by Judy Henderson.

Just when you thought every farmers’ market in the state had closed for the season, Friends of the Farm at Hilltop and many of their partner farms welcomed customers to their Nov. 19 Winter Farmers’ Market - the first of four to be held through December.

While known for its efforts to preserve the barn at Hilltop Farm, FOFAH’s efforts derive from an even broader commitment. “We want our children and grandchildren to understand that not everything comes in shrink wrap from the store,” said FOFAH board member Eileen Moncrief. She noted that the Winter Farmers’ Market contributes to that goal by extending the selling season for local producers and crafters - as well as the buying season for those committed to supporting them.

On hand with apples and late-season vegetables was Justin Boice from Easy Pickin’s Farm in Enfield. Walter Murkowicz sold onions from his farm, explaining that a crate of his onions will last until February, as long as they are kept dry.

Megan Hastings from Suffield’s Hastings Farm sold fresh yogurt dips and cheeses, as well as colorful woolen hats knitted by her grandmother, Janet Roberts. And Oxen Hill Farm, which sponsors a Community-Supported Agriculture program that offers customers purchasing a “share” of their harvest fresh produce in return, was represented by Sarah-Jean Griffin, whose booth featured yarn spun from the wool of Suffield’s own Oxen Hill sheep.

Inside the old cow barn were Chris and Sandie Mann of Sandmann Gifts from Montgomery, Mass., whose crafts included totes of all sizes, along with Valeria Allgrove and her daughter Morgan from Windsor’s Pleasant Garden Lavender, selling lavender items, fresh wreaths and feather jewelry.

Deborah Long Smith’s Full Circle Flowers offered floral arrangements for all occasions. Tara Bryson from Butterfield Farm sold the cheeses, yogurt, soaps, and body lotions made from the milk her farm’s 120 goats. And Deena Rollet from Suffield’s Blossoms and Blooms, Buttons and Beads, displayed her handmade jewelry, while her daughter Maggie sold original framed photography.

According to Moncrief, “We’ve made a good start - and next weekend, we’ll have more crafts for the holidays.”

The Suffield Winter Farmers’ Market, located at Hilltop Farm, 1608 Mapleton Ave./Route 159, will also be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 17.

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