East Granby Farmers’ Market open every Wednesday afternoon

By Cathi Sasportas - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Anna DeLaRoche of Newgate Farm helps Tom Moran with his purchases at the East Granby Farmers’ Market on June 19. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.
Anna DeLaRoche of Newgate Farm helps Tom Moran with his purchases at the East Granby Farmers’ Market on June 19. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.

Eating locally-grown fruit and vegetables has become very popular over the last several years. With that in mind, many communities have begun their own farmers’ markets to provide families a way to purchase local produce and farmers a way to get their harvests to the community.

The third year of the East Granby Farmers’ Market began on Wednesday, June 19, and will continue each Wednesday afternoon through September at the Center Shops, 3 Turkey Hills Road, on the corner of Routes 20 and 187, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Lee Sandora, the chairman for the town's Economic Development Commission, spearheaded the organization of the market and works with a nine-person committee to keep the market running. He said the market got its start after many people in the community started asking for an easier way for them to buy directly from local farmers.

"It helps the farmers by bringing them customers and helps the community get fresh, local food and products that are Connecticut-grown or Connecticut-made,” Sandora said.

Sandora said there are 10 full-time vendors and five part-time vendors. The first week of the market showcased 13 vendors. In addition to the vendors, the market committee also presents some kind of entertainment each week. The first week brought the entertainer "Jack & His Guitar."  Children also enjoyed a visit from Rocky, the mascot for the New Britain Rock Cats.

For East Granby resident Amy Sanford, who was shopping with her husband and daughter, the weekly market has become an event the family enjoys attending every week. "You see neighbors, there's a great community feel, there's live music, we love coming here," she said.

Learning from the farmers is also a benefit to attending the farmers’ markets, says Becky Hayes. "I like being to talk directly to the farmers and finding out exactly where our food is coming from," she said. "I always get these great tips from the farmers."

Of course, the farmers love being able to interact the community as well. Granby farmer Sheila Groneman is trying to bring back her family farm, Briarwoods Farm. "Farmers’ markets are my only option to sell our things," she said. "It's a way to get our name out there."

The East Granby Farmers’ Market also benefits the town. All money raised from fees charged to each vendor is donated to the East Granby Public Library.

The market will run each week, rain or shine, however it may be canceled in the case of lightning. You can find out more about the market by visiting its website at egfarmersmarket.com or by checking out its Facebook page.

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