SOUTHINGTON — Endless produce, fresh breads, and friendly community members can be found at the Southington Farmers Market on the Town Green every Friday afternoon.
About nine core vendors show up every week, plus a handful of rotating eateries or artisans.
“It’s not just produce,” co-organizer Alisa DelMonte said on Friday. “I know a lot of the markets have sort of shifted away from just produce – giving people more of a one-stop-shop and encouraging people to buy from local, smaller business owners.”
DelMonte, who works for the Southington YMCA, has been coordinating this year’s market with Karen DiGirolamo. The market is hosted primarily by Activate Southington, a nonprofit made up of several town organizations, including the YMCA.
The market also offers activities, including live music, storytime with the public library and a Zumba Pound class.
“The sense of community here on the town green has been really nice,” DelMonte said.
Debbie D'Angelo, of Southington, said she tries to make it to the market every week, usually to pick up produce for herself and her mother-in-law. They normally opt for corn, lettuce and cucumbers.
“I love being able to come down here and get the fresh produce and support the local people,” D’Angelo said.
Her go-to vendor is New Hartford-based Greszcyk Farms, which brings vegetables and fruits, as well as their homemade salsas and tomato sauces, and eggs and meats.
“It’s always picked fresh, it’s from our fields, from my family to your fork,” said Henry Greszcyk, owner and harvest manager.
Other frequent vendors include Twin Pines Farm of Thomaston, Rooster’s Rise Farm of Berlin, Wave Hill Breads of Norwalk, The Bakery on the Ave of Berlin, Gulf Shrimp Company of Plantsville, and Tasty Empanadas of Thomaston.
Everything available at the market is “CT Grown” – either made in Connecticut or made with products from Connecticut.
“I think it’s just been a really great opportunity to walk around and meet people from the community and to support these local businesses,” DelMonte said. “It’s really great that Activate Southington has stayed together and really kept this market alive this year.”
The farmers market will continue through the last Friday of October. It’s open from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Town Green. Visit the farmers market website or Facebook page for information on rotating vendors or activities.