Every Sunday, 11 am – 2 pm
July 7 – October 20, 2013
Michael Pollan asserts, "Shake the hand that feeds you." People everywhere are heeding his advice and embracing the movement towards knowing where their food comes from, eating healthful and environmentally-responsible foods that supports local farmers, promotes agricultural sustainability, and encourages community. Food is a medium by which we communicate cross-culturally, allowing us to appreciate our differences as we explore the flavors and culinary traditions of places we may travel to only through our palates. The preparation and sharing of meals dictate so much of how and with whom we spend our time. How wonderful that the "hunting and gathering" of our food has become a weekly celebration with friends at Hill-Stead's Farmers Market!
Hill-Stead Museum's Farmers Market was established in 2009, with support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (now DECD), to honor the agricultural history of Hill-Stead, as inspired by architect and founder Theodate Pope Riddle. She designed and ran this now historic landmark as a fully-operational dairy farm and orchard from 1901–1946. Hill-Stead's Farmers Market offers the community a resource that, in the words of Slow Food USA, "links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment."
Beginning its fifth season in 2013, the Farmers Market hosts 25 Connecticut farmers and vendors each week, who offer an array of locally grown, fresh, and organic vegetables, fruits, dairy products, free-range eggs, naturally raised beef, veal, pork and lamb, Connecticut-landed seafood, baked goods, flowers, wool and Angora goat yarns, soaps and hand-made Italian ices. In 2012, the market welcomed over 13,300 patrons.
The "CT Grown" designation ensures that everything sold here was grown or produced in the state. The market is "Producer Only" – patrons can talk directly with growers and producers about growing methods or product uses. Each week a different non-profit community group is given the opportunity to highlight their organization at our Community Table. Check out the Special Events schedule for theme days and educational fun.
Come to shop the market, and stay to experience Hill-Stead’s enchanting grounds. Visit with neighbors and friends while being entertained by local musicians. Experience why one patron proclaimed, after season one, "Hill-Stead's Farmers Market is Farmington's new town common!"
To join Hill-Stead's Farmers Market e-mail list, email email@example.com.
Become a FRIEND of the Market and enjoy weekly specials and discounts from the farmers while helping to assure the market's sustainability.
Hill-Stead also invites local businesses to benefit from this vibrant, local phenomenon by joining Hill-Stead Museum’s Farmers Market Business Partnership Program. As a partner you will be featured to this ready audience through our public outreach, advertising and media attention. Your support will enable Hill-Stead Museum to continue hosting the market which serves farmers, patrons and businesses alike.
Become a VOLUNTEER! You will enjoy being part of the weekly fun and earn FRIEND of the Market status to receive discounts from our farmers!
For information and application forms, contact Melanie Bourbeau at 860.677.4787 ext. 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.