Putnam Farmers' Market opens for season
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Mon., May. 6, 2013
The Farmers' Market Pavilion in Putnam hosted the first Farmers' Market of the season on May 2. Eleven northeastern Connecticut farmers brought items that included early season lettuce and spinach, kohlrabi, cayenne pepper, beef, maple products, goat soap, goat cheese, handmade baskets, artisan breads and baked goods, and flowers, vegetables and herbs.
While it's early in the season for many vegetables, some farmers brought produce from their high tunnels and greenhouses. There were several different kinds of basil, herbs, hanging flower baskets and flower packs from Wagon Road Greenhouse. Woodstock Farm's Amy Vinal brought greenhouse and bedding plants, hanging baskets and perennials. Falls Creek Farm had sold out of most of their spinach, lettuce, turnip, kale and radishes.
The Meadow Stone Farm lineup included one-eyed Jack, garlic surprise, cranberry walnut and Gruyere goat cheese. Soleil and Suns Bakery lined its table with multigrain, sourdough, Italian, cinnamon raisin, Vienna and Asiago cheese breads. Vegan cupcake and scones and coffee cakes rounded out the fare. Wayne's Organic Garden offered eggs, herbs, scallions, kohlrabi, hot Thai peppers, banana fingerling seedlings and handmade baskets of all shapes and sizes.
Mike and Lori Goulston stood at the Jean and Milo's Kettle Corn stand, a crowd favorite. Betsy's Stand offered radishes, flowers, geraniums and tomato plants. Next week Betsy expects to have spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, and early tomatoes on hand to sell.
Duhamel's Garden sold hanging baskets of million bells, flats of marigolds, parsley, cilantro and basil. There were cuts of prime beef including short ribs, sweet and hot Italian sausage, T-bone and Porterhouse steaks from New Boston Beef. Fabyan Sugar Shack sold a variety of maple products including syrup, candy, trail mix, peanut brittle and spices. Sparrow Soaps provided a selection of handmade, hand-cut bars of goats' milk soap to choose from.
The locations, opening days and hours of markets in the area are: Putnam (Thursday) opens May 2, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.; Putnam (Monday) opens June 10, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.; Danielson (Saturday) opens June 8 , 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Plainfield (Tuesday) opens June 25, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Brooklyn (Wednesday) opens June 12, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.