Geoff Kaufman and Hulafrog Tomorrow at the Market!

18 Jul

Hey Yall,

Tomorrow morning (July 19), Geoff Kaufman performs his “Music of the Waters” (sea songs) at the Glastonbury Farmers Market (Hubbard Green, 10am to 1pm). The Market offers the best in local organic and pesticide free fruit and produce, micro greens, cow and goat cheeses, milk and yogurts, eggs, locally raised meats and poultry, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, baked goods, cookies, BBQ sauces , spices, herbs, soaps and lotions, and gift products. We are also proud to offer the only aquaponic produce in Connecticut as well as info on aquaponic food systems. Saturday’s visiting vendors feature hand-crafted soaps and bath products, cookies, custom blended olive oils and artisan pottery.

Hulafrog, the website specializing in local things for kids to do, will be at the market with information on kid-friendly Connecticut events for the whole family! This is an amazing opportunity to find amazing activities for you and your kids in the area!

Don’t Forget!
Come at 9 and join a free, multi-level yoga class presented by Sacred Rivers Yoga. The Friend of the Market Program continues for 2014- not too late to join (renew!) to support the market and enjoy weekly market discounts. Stop in at the Market information table, visit http://www.glastonburyfarmersmarket.com, or contact Market Master Brenda Sullivan, glastonburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com for full details.

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See Y’all Tomorrow!

11 Jul

We’ll see y’all out there tomorrow!

 

At the Corner of Hubbard Green and Main Street:

9:00 am   —  FREE Yoga Class sponsored by Sacred Rivers Yoga

10:00 am  –  Farmers Market Opens!  Join us for an exciting day with:

  • Wells Turner Library Kids Day at Glastonbury Farmers Market
  • Live Music from the always popular John Maziarz – a market favorite!

Wells Turner Library is joining forces with Glastonbury Farmers Market to bring us Kids Day

Our town’s favorite guardians of the written word will be at the market.  Stop by, the event lasts for the whole market!

Glastonbury Farmers Market

Gordon Holding Down the Fort

 

See You tomorrow!

Spencer

Happy Independence Day!

4 Jul

Happy 4th of July to everybody!

Hopefully y’all have been enjoying the beginning of Your holiday weekend.  I want to take a little time out from the grill to write to

Fresh Corn Glastonbury Farmers Market Connecticut

Fresh Corn, Perfect for this Weekend’s Grill!

You because I’m so excited for tomorrow, the Glastonbury Farmer’s Market second day of the Summer season!  I know I’ll definitely  be stocking up on some fresh, local beef and corn for some epic grill mastery!

We’ll be kicking off the day with our weekly FREE yoga class, from 9-10am.  Sponsored by Sacred Rivers Yoga, this all-levels weekly class is the perfect thing for a Saturday morning.  Come join us down on the green, mats and prior experience are optional!

Then at 10, the full on Farmer’s festivities kick off with live music from guitarist Glenn Roth and of course all of our excellent vendors!  You’ll find everything You need for the holiday weekend.

As a little teaser for tomorrow, here are some sweet pictures from last week…

Blueberries at the Glastonbury Farmers Market

Delicious Glastonbury Peaches!

Delicious Glastonbury Peaches!

Glastonbury Farmers Market Sponsors Mac’s Lemonade Stand

2 Jul

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I want to introduce you to Mac of “Mac’s Lemonade Stand” which is open for business on any given afternoon along Hubbard Street.  Once you learn Mac’s story you will understand why we felt compelled to officially sponsor Mac’s Lemonade Stand as he is the perfect metaphor for locally made, locally created and locally grown which is what the Glastonbury Farmers Market is all about.

Note: Mac’s Mother, Veronica Southby has given me permission to share Mac’s story:

Last year the Southby’s, who are a military family, moved back to CT after20 years of military service in Texas.  Mac’s Mother is a retired military surgical nurse, Dad is a civilian still working and living in Texas.  Their oldest son Mac (age 10) wanted a new bicycle and decided he would raise the money by opening a lemonade stand.

So Mac outfitted his Red Radio Flyer wagon with Dixie cups, a napkin (he uses that as a tablecloth) and his Mom’s special lemonade recipe.  He made up a sign “Mac’s Lemonade!! 100% Fresh 25 cents” and pulling his wagon from behind, he set off down Hubbard Street to find the perfect spot.

According to his Mother, her son’s first week selling lemonade was a circus.  Several neighbors had begun calling the Glastonbury police to complain!  She stated the police were very supportive of Mac’s business enterprise and figured out how to resolve the neighbor’s concerns and still allow Mac to stay in business.

Then on opening day of the Glastonbury Farmers Market, someone saw Mac sitting at his stand down the street from the farmer’s market and suggested he move his operation to the farmers market.  And so he did!

He dropped anchor (or wagon handle) right next to me and began selling lemonade.  He went unnoticed for about an hour before I realized we had a “squatter” at the market.  When I went to introduce myself as the Glastonbury Farmers Market Master and with all the gentleness I had, I had asked “who was this budding entrepreneur who thought he could just roll in and set up shop.”   I learned from his younger brother (who was holding court while his older brother and Mother had gone back home for refills because they had sold out!) that they were told they could come to the farmers market and sell their lemonade.  A neighbor who agreed to stay with the younger brother explained how this all came to pass.  I was impressed with the boy’s determination and drive to sell lemonade.  I now was feeling really really bad, because I had to evict the illegal lemonade enterprise from the farmers market and I was going to add to an already difficult week for the young lad.  When Mac and his Mother returned I politely explained to his Mother why Mac had to stop selling due to not having proper licenses/permits etc.  She was gracious but was disappointed. Her boys were having so much fun at the market.

I explained I loved Mac’s entrepreneurial spirit and her son is a great example of our market’s mission which is to support startup businesses.  As it turns out, I’ve since learned there is actually a name for what Mac is doing, it called “Backyard/Kitchen Economy” – small businesses are created out of one’s backyard and/or kitchen. Unfortunately, current local ordinances/

CT state regulations make it almost impossible for a business like Mac’s to be successful.  Hopefully, someday the powers at be will lighten up on some of the choking regulations so a business like Mac’s could have a chance.

I explained to Mac’s Mother, that if I could work something out I would love to have him come back and if possible, sell his lemonade.  Mac was heartbroken when he learned he had to stop.  He couldn’t understand why so many people didn’t want him selling lemonade.  How do you explain something like that to a 10 year old who only wants to earn enough money to buy a really cool bicycle?  It broke MY HEART!!

After the market closed I sent out an emergency email to the Board of Directors proposing we support Mac’s Lemonade Stand.  I was thrilled the board voted unanimously to become the official sponsor of “Mac’s Lemonade Stand!”  With his Mother’s permission, Mac will display our Farmers Market Lawn sign every time he opens for business.  So please stop and support Mac’ Lemonade Stand, and by doing so you will be supporting a really cool locally created business and the mission of the Glastonbury Farmers Market.

Mac will be selling lemonade until Wednesday July 3rd and then he will be away on vacation returning in early August.  So if you missed him, he has promised to resume his business in August.  In the meantime, while he’s away, it will give me time to figure out how Mac can legally sell his lemonade during the Glastonbury Farmers Market.

 

This Saturday Opening Day! June 28th

25 Jun

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Saturday at 10 am we will kick off our first day at the market.  Come on out and sing while you shop to a market favorite musician John Maziarz, who by the way has his own groupies!  How cool is that!

We will also have several Girl Scout Days at the Glastonbury Market – Troop 10807 will be collecting nonperishable food items to benefit the Glastonbury Food Pantry.  Please check out their flyer and support our local residents who need a little boost.

2014 Girl Scouts Food Drive

Many of our vendors have returned from last year and we are excited to have several new vendors.  In total opening day should have over 20 full and part-time vendors.  It will be a blast!

We are thrilled to welcome the following:

Bottomland Farm – Glastonbury – General Produce

CT Gourmet Breads – Windham – Breads

The Olive Oil Factory -Waterbury –  Olive oils and balsamic vinegars

Capa di Roma Restaurant – East Hartford – Pasta sauces and flavored vinegars

Great Bread – Modus – Gluten Free baked goods

Blinking Owl Arts – Glastonbury – Pottery

Eggcellent! Seasonings – Wethersfield – Seasonings for eggs

FRESH Farm Aquaponics – South Glastonbury – Fresh herbs and aquaponic kits

 

Opening Day is sponsored by Hulafrog.com

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This is a fun site for families in the Glastonbury area looking for things to do with their kids.  The calendar is full of daily events like story times, open bounces, special events and more!  Subscribe to their Our Pick Newsletter you’ll be alerted to can’t miss, local family friendly events.  And don’t forget to “Love” our event on Hulafrog after you subscribe!

Glastonbury Farmers Market Opening Day June 28, 2014

5 Mar

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Spring is days away and the Board of Directors are busy planning for the upcoming 2014 season.  Market will be at Hubbard Green starting June 28, 2014.

Glastonbury Farmers Market First Food Drive

 

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On behalf of the Glastonbury Farmers Market Coalition, Inc Board of Directors, we would like to thank everyone who participated in our first food drive to benefit the Glastonbury Food Pantry.  We collected 95 lbs of food.  Stay tuned for additional information on future food drives to benefit our towns pantry.  We would like to make this a frequent event.

Pictured above is Theresa Buckson from the Glastonbury Food Pantry accepting our donation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glastonbury Food Pantry

 

Saturday December 21st Last Market of the Season!

20 Dec

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Come join us down at the Old Cider Mill for our last market of the season!  In addition, please support our food drive on behalf of the Glastonbury Food Pantry by bringing a nonperishable food item.

This market will have the most vendors – 17 in total are scheduled to be at the market.

Some of the markets offerings will be:

Pork and beef produces, fresh eggs, milk, dairy and goat cheeses, jams, jellies, pasta sauces, relishes, chutney’s , BBQ sauces, fresh baked breads, local honey, biscotti, handmade goats milk soaps, hand sewn gifts and handmade Christmas ornaments,  hand painted wood gifts, woodcuttings and soo much more!

Enjoy a nice hot cup of local cider while enjoying the music by John Maziarz

The Old Cider Mill 1287 Main Street, Glastonbury

Market Hours – 10 – 1 PM

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