Farmers Market to open
East Hartford - posted Jun, 26 2013
EAST HARTFORD - Area farmers will be offering Connecticut-grown fresh fruits and vegetables this summer as the East Hartford Farmer’s Market begins its 22nd year of operation. This year, the location of the Market has been changed: beginning July 12 through Oct. 25, the market will be open Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Green at 1021 Main St. Many food retailers acquire their produce from distributorships and/or the regional market in Hartford. Much, if not most of this produce is grown out of state and shipped to Connecticut by truck or rail. Under Connecticut farm fresh regulations, the East Hartford Farmer’s Market is only allowed to sell Connecticut-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. This produce is often sold the same day it is harvested. The functions and objectives of the market are commercial, social, community service and public health-oriented. The primary public health mission of the market is to permanently alter the food purchasing, preparation and consumption behavior of the public-at-large toward a healthier lifestyle. All Connecticut farmers’ markets are affiliated with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Farmer’s Market Coupon Program. They are authorized to accept their produce and vegetable vouchers. The Farmer’s Market is Co-sponsored by East Hartford Health Department, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Healthy East Hartford Coalition’s Pioneering Healthier Communities Program. These organizations and other agencies plan to conduct health and fitness education and outreach activities at the market, and representatives from the HUSKY Program (Healthcare for Uninsured Kids and Youth) and the East Hartford Community Health Center will be there. Showcased events will be announced as the season progresses.