Local farmers’ market keeps it fresh
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:09
The Mansfield Farmers’ Market will be offering locally grown food right next to the UConn campus.
There is a lot going on in Mansfield. With local schools starting up again, the weekly farmers market is in full swing and town elections are on the horizon, the town has a lot happening throughout the next few months.
All five schools in town, Southeast Elementary, Dorothy C. Goodwin Elementary, Annie E. Vinton Elementary, Mansfield Middle School and E.O. Smith High School began on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Located outside the Audrey P. Beck municipal building, the market lasts from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday from May until the Saturday before Thanksgiving on Nov. 23 this year.
There is also “a winter market that’s open twice a month, from December to April, and that’s at the Mansfield Public Library so it’s inside – same vendors and everything,” said Kathleen Paterson, an organizer with the farmers market.
As a certified farmers market, “everything here is grown in the state of Connecticut,” explained Paterson. The farmers travel from Mansfield, Chaplin, Coventry, Lebanon, Ashford and Woodstock.
Various foods, plants and other items are for sale, including many fruits and vegetables, beef, pork, and lamb from two farms in Mansfield, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, handmade soap, handmade beeswax candles, handspun wool, yarn, flowers and coffee.
When asked about the Storrs Farmers Market, Volodymyr Jatsiv, a transfer student majoring in accounting who lives in Mansfield Apartments, said he “passed by it a few times. They have some nice produce at a reasonable price. It’s nice to have a wide range of products [as opposed to] your typical dining hall food.”
Michael Adamczyk, a 7th-semester communications major, said he has not yet gone to the Farmers Market either, but is “definitely considering it now since [he is] living in an off-campus apartment.”
More information about the market can be found its website at StorrsFarmersMarket.org. There is also a weekly email update that keeps visitors up to date about special guests and music at the farmer’s market.
Other news in Mansfield includes the start of the school year and campaigns for local elections.
In local politics, town elections are beginning to heat up since each party chose their candidates in July for the various positions up for a vote, now less than two months away on Tuesday, Nov. 5.