Farmers’ market moves to Colchester Town Green

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Colchester - posted Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
Sisters Charlotte and Isabelle are practicing their hula-hoop skills. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Sisters Charlotte and Isabelle are practicing their hula-hoop skills. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

Market master Jeff Savitsky has seen the Colchester Farmers’ Market grow exponentially over the last four years. Now with the move to the Colchester Town Green, there is more room for expansion with more vendors and activities. “Each year the market has grown by 25 to 30 percent. This year I am hoping for a 50-percent growth,” he said.

Cheryl Hancin, recreation manager from Colchester Parks and Recreation, a co-sponsor of the first market, was more than enthusiastic. “There are a lot more people here than when it was tucked away in back of the Polish Club. Now that we know how successful it will be, we will be here to do community outreach,” she said. The market opened on June 16 and will continue every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct 20.

People are coming for good reason. Savitsky has made the market into a destination. “We want this to be one-stop shopping. The aim is to have good diversity in products and not too much of any one product,” he said. He does not want 10 vendors selling salad greens, for instance. Instead, the market is filled with products both common to local markets and unusual. The range includes everything from fruits, herbs and vegetables, to local cheeses, soaps, meat, fish from Pt. Judith, R.I., maple syrup, honey, pottery and freeze-dried dog treats. Plants, flowers and handmade items are also available for purchase, as well as relishes and pickled products. “We make everything from our own produce,” said vendor Tony Therrien.

While parents were shopping, there were activities for the kids. An inflatable obstacle course was enjoyed by many, under the watchful eye of a supervisor. There were games as well as a hula-hoop contest and lots of kids had their faces painted for free. People can get tips on recipes, and the health benefits of various herbs. Musical entertainment will be provided each Sunday.

Events coming up sponsored by Colchester Parks and Recreation include the 2013 Summer Concert on the Green series on Thursday evenings at 6:30 from June 27 to Aug. 8, and the first International Food Festival, on Thursday, July 25, also on the Town Green.

There is still space available for vendors at the farmers’ market. Contact Jeff Savitsky at jeff.savitsky@gmail.com.


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