Ellington Farmers' Market turns calendar toward fall
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
The Ellington Farmers’ Market is celebrating a successful summer season, and switching gears for the fall. Market master Dianne Trueb said the market is popular because it provides entertainment each week, as well as a wide variety of produce, plants and goods. It also provides a social aspect.
“It’s a great event for families,” she said. “It really has become a social gathering of the town. Some people come and don’t buy a thing, and I love that.”
Kids can sign up for the Power of Planting Club, and take part in activities each week that net them a coin, which is worth $2 at any of the produce vendors’ booths. “It’s a way for them to try fresh produce,” Trueb said. “We have had more than 200 kids sign up this year.”
Brenda Stenglein – owner of Sean Patrick’s Plants of Ashford – said chrysanthemums, astors and sedum are among the flowers people most like in the fall, as are hydrangeas, butterfly bush and hibiscus. “People’s annuals are dying down, but they still want to go outside and enjoy the outdoors,” she said. “It’s changing - it’s not the bright pinks and yellows, it’s more of the subdued colors, like maroons, beiges and pear yellows. We’re just at the beginning of the fall flowers, so over the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing more.”
Trueb said the Farmers’ Market will keep running on Saturday mornings through Oct. 19, and many fall-themed activities and events will be taking place, including a Holistic Health Fair on Sept. 14, an Apple Festival on Sept. 21 and a Scarecrow Contest on Sept. 28.
A Winter Squash Festival will take place Oct. 5, complete with a winter squash/pumpkin drag race. “Be Kind to Your Feathered Friends” is the theme for Oct. 12, and the final Saturday will include a Halloween Pet Parade on Oct. 19.
“People come with dogs or whatever pets they have,” she said. “We’ve had goats before, and chickens.”
The success of the Ellington Farmers’ Market may be due to its “just right” size for the area, but the vendors will tell you it has a lot to do with their fellow vendors and the market’s visitors.
Jasmine Lewis, who was manning the Shayna B. and the Pickle booth, said the gluten-free confections and breads are a big hit, and the market is a good place to find them. “I like seeing what everyone has,” Lewis said. “It’s very different every week.”
“The people here are very friendly,” Stenglein said. “We have a lot of repeat customers. We missed one week and we had about six people say, ‘Where were you last week?’”
Joe Sikorski – owner of Joe’s Veggies of Suffield – agreed that the size is perfect, and that it’s organized well. “It’s always got music, and Diane does a great job putting it together,” Sikorski said. “It’s great. For the whole region around here, this is one of the better ones.”
For more information, visit www.ellingtonfarmersmarket.com.