Farmers’ market reaps success during outdoor season
The Ellington Farmers’ Market enjoyed a highly successful outdoor season fulfilling their mission of supporting local farmers, enhancing food security for low income families, empowering children to make healthy food choices and hosting community activities which foster social gathering and interaction. Each Saturday morning market visitors enjoyed special themed events and top-notch musical entertainment.
Consistent with its mission of providing the community with a variety of foods and products that are grown, harvested or produced in the state, the market featured over 40 vendors with some selling their wares every Saturday and others serving as “guest” vendors throughout the season.
The market continued its commitment to enhance food security for low- income families by distributing over $11,500 in Senior and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers and SNAP benefits . Market Master Dianne Trueb said the market saw a huge surge in the numbers of financially challenged families able to take advantage of the market’s matching programs. “People were thrilled to be able to stretch their food purchasing dollars to buy fresh, locally grown produce and other food products at our market and to come and enjoy the atmosphere that we have created for our community. We are delighted that our matching program expanded this year to include seniors and WIC recipients.”
The market will have its inaugural winter season beginning Nov. 23 at the YMCA on Pinney Street in Ellington from 2-4 p.m. and continuing every other Saturday through March 14. Holiday Extravaganza markets with additional vendors and holiday items will be held on Dec. 7 and 21.
For details visit www.ellingtonfarmersmarket.com.