Farmer’s market in full swing

By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

The Plainville Farmers Market is approximately halfway through its seventh season.

Each Friday, the market is set up in the parking lot between the municipal building and the police department, at 1 Central Square.

Lena Pietri, who has been the head of the market since 2016, said the core vendors are Hall Farm, Eaglewood Farm, Killam and Bassette Farmstead, Mangiafico’s Bakery, and Ridgerunner Soap Company.

“They’re our core vendors, as far as they’re here, they pay, they sustain us,” said Pietri.

Those vendor fees are put towards a scholarship fund, which is available to Plainville High School graduates who are going into wither agriculture or culinary. Pietri said that for this past graduation, no one fit the criteria, which means that two students may be eligible for the scholarship in the upcoming school year.

The market offers free recipes, to help attendees create healthy and delicious meals with their fresh produce, which are all picked the morning of the market, said Pietri.

New this week was a booth over seen by Ivana Thigpen, who was promoting the Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sisters Mentor2.0 program. Thigpen explained that the program is looking for volunteers, and that they must be at least twenty-one years old and hold at least a two year degree. Volunteers will be expected to communicate with their mentee each week online, and will meet in person with their mentee on the third Thursday of each month for two hours.

For more information on the program, Thigpen said contact the program manager, Margarita Laboy, via email, margarital@nbbbs.org.

The market opened on Friday, June 29, and will close for the year on Friday, Sept. 14.

For more information, you can contact Pietri at, farmersmarketplv@gmail.com, or visit their Facebook page, Farmers Market of Plainville.

Garrett Brenza from Killam & Bassette Farm in South Glastonbury works the farm stand at the Plainville farmer’s market last Friday. (PHOTO by JANELLE MORELLI)

(PHOTOS by JANELLE MORELLI)