The Higganum Village Farmers’ Market will open for the season beginning Friday, June 4th, running from 3:30-6:30pm each Friday until October 29, located on the Higganum Green near the intersection of Route 81, Candlewood Hill Road, and Route 154/Saybrook Road. *Schedule exceptions: July 9 through August 6, the market will run 2:30-5:30pm, to accommodate summer concerts on the hosted by the Haddam Lions Club; and on September 10 (2:30-5:30pm), to accommodate Haddam River Days. The market harvest continues in the late fall during two indoor market days: Sun., November 21 and Sun., December19, both from 1-4 pm, at the old fire station across from the Higganum Green. A full schedule of special events is listed below and online at HigganumVillageMarket.org.
Project Manager for the Farmers’ Market, Deb Umba, a volunteer since the market’s inception in 2008 reports, “When you make a purchase at the Higganum Village Farmers’ Market, you are investing in our local economy. Buying from local farmers and vendors keeps and sustains our local economy.”
“These are the freshest foods available to you! You are investing in energy conscious choices, too; food is grown and brought to you from ‘right around the corner’ rather than transported from hundreds or even thousands, of miles away,” Umba added.
She emphasized, “By shopping at the Farmers’ Market, customers will have the opportunity to get to know the local farmers who plant the seeds and harvest the crops,” an experience typically not available at local supermarkets.
Market organizers planned throughout the winter to communicate that Higganum is “a terrific place to live and buy food and artisanal craft offerings.”
The whole Market Board of Directors invite “locavores,” those who shop for local fresh foods, as well as local area residents and out-of-towners alike to visit, purchase food and crafts, attend a cooking demonstration or lecture on selective gardening methods, listen to music from local ensembles or bands, and perhaps stay for dinner at an area restaurant. Customers will also have a chance to buy a cup of freshly-brewed coffee, sample a delectable fresh pastry, and meet friends and new people on the Higganum Green. New this season, the Higganum Village Farmers’ Market hopes to unveil a new signature Market candle, a special blend of coffee, and a customized blend of kettle corn, each of which will be announced when available.
To contact market management team regarding volunteering opportunities, vendor opportunities, or sponsorship, please visit: higganumvillagemarket.org.
2010 Higganum Village Farmers’ Market Schedule:
June 4th – Opening Day
June 11 – Music: Thank God I’m a Country Boy or Girl
June 18 – In Flavor of Salad
June 25th – Scare the Crows from Your Garden / Scarecrow Contest
July 2- Patriots on the Green: Meet Haddam’s Town Leadership
July 9* - Grillin’ & Chillin’ on the Green
July 16* - Around the World on Higganum Green: Ethnic Cooking Day / Share Your Heritage
July 23* - Community Pride Day, Featuring Haddam’s Civic Groups
July 30*- Craft Friday on the Green
August 6* - Dairy Day “Only Love Beats Milk” Keep your eyes peeled for a loose cow!
August 13 – Goin’ Green on the Green Day
August 20 – Salsa & Pesto Day, with information on home-grown tomatoes & peppers
August 27 – Craft Friday
September 3 – What’s for Lunch Day?
September 10* – Celebrating Haddam River Days
September 17 – Autumnal Soups & Stews / Revisiting Casseroles & Crock Pots
September 24 – Craft Friday
October 1 – Down By the Sea, Where the Watermelon Grows / Sea Shanties & Chowder Day w/ a Walking, Talking Lobster!
October 8 – “Hoes Down”
October 15 – “You’re the Apple of My Eye” with fresh apples, cider, and donuts
October 22 – Autumn Leaves & Composting 101 / Get the Dirt on Dirt!
October - 29 All Harvests & Homecoming Day
November 21* - Indoor Thanksgiving / Hanukkah Bazaar at the Old Fire Station; Christmas Trees available!
December 19* - Indoor Christmas & Kwanzaa Bazaar at the Old Fire Station / Year-End Celebration!
To read about and link online to guest vendors who will appear at upcoming Higganum Village Farmer’s Markets, visit: higganumvillagemarket.org/vendors.html.
The Higganum Village Farmers’ Market is a project of The Higganum Vision Group, which works to provide its community with the knowledge, skill, and ability to develop a thriving business center, surrounding farmsteads, woodlands, and waterways in order to provide for the community’s health and well-being, economic vitality, cultural continuity, and connection with nature. For information, contact Elizabeth Bazazi at 860-345-3345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.