Farm Market Turns Eight

Pam Longwell

Like dandelions that pop up in our yards heralding the warmer weather, white tents pitched on the front lawn of the Wish House signal that the new growing season is underway. And, with that new burst of green, the Cornwall Farm Market reappears. Now in its eighth season, the market opened for business on May 10. Bianca and Richard Griggs are once again providing space for the weekly market. Vendors pay a small fee to help defray advertising expenses. And, with much-appreciated support from the Cornwall Foundation and the Cornwall Association, this year market organizers were able to purchase insurance and some additional advertising. According to Gordon Ridgway, this year’s growing season is about two weeks behind. He explained: “When I was tilling I was tilling with a rototiller, so you could actually see the frost underneath the ground, and this was in early April.” But, if the weather cooperates, shoppers should see early potatoes, greens, strawberries, and peas by early June. In addition to Ridgway Farm, other long-time vendors are back, including Nick the Knife, Carol Bonci, Margaret Tully, Alicia North (North Star Botanicals), Hurlburt Farm, Larry Stevens, Deb Tyler (Motherhouse), Love Heart’s Bakery, Tom Levine (Longmeadow Farm), Mark Orth (Birdseye & Tanner Brooks Farm), and Nunwell Glass. On opening day, Carol Bonci noted, “It’s like we never left.” New to the scene are Idella and James Shepard (Cornwall Country Market) and Lost Ruby Farm (goat cheeses and eggs). Like Cornwall, the market is eclectic and unique—one can find ingredients for a meal, goat cheese chocolate truffle for dessert, and glassware for the tabletop. Locally foraged herbal preparations are available for what ails you, and Motherhouse provides food for thought. Of course, if you aren’t in the market for any of the above, just grab a cup of coffee and enjoy conversing with your neighbors. The farm market season runs through the end of October. For up-to-date information and to read Bianca’s blog, check out cornwallfarmarket.org.

Article Source: The Cornwall Chronicle 

Market to Market

By Gregg Galloway

For some of us, the first signs of spring are robins or daffodils. For others of us, it is the sight of folding tables on Saturday mornings, and well-sharpened knives. The Cornwall Farm Market begins its sixth season on May 5. Bianca and Richard Griggs have readied the lawn in front of the Wish House for another six months of weekly trodding and trading. Ten vendors offer a wide range of local, organic produce, including grass-fed beef, veal, chicken, fresh eggs, bread, cheese, jams and jellies, and almost anything else you would want on your plate. A new addition this year, the Cornwall General Store will offer coffee and Susan Saccardi’s baked goods, which means you can cover all three daily meals (and snacks and dessert) with one efficient stop.

The market started with Motherhouse and Stone Wall Vegetable Farm, and from Bianca’s vision to community support, the market has become a vital mainstay and vibrant meeting place. “I am grateful for Debra Tyler’s persistence in believing that I was on the right track to want to create this
market, when it felt like hopelessly knocking at closed doors,” says Bianca.

The Farm Market is now supported by a grant from the Green Pastures Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, which will help cover the costs of insurance and advertising, along with the assistance of the Cornwall Association. According to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, there are more than 120 farmers’ markets registered in the state, but the Cornwall market has earned a unique reputation, with some of its vendors invited to join other markets. It seems that homemade vinegar, knife sharpening and “other curiosities” are not as commonplace as they are in Cornwall. As in other years, there will be special events and music (with at least one enthusiastic request for bagpipes). While vendor space is full for the season, open space is available for young, local entrepreneurs and civic groups at no charge. You can check the website blog at cornwallfarmarket.org/blog/ for weekly specials, events, and offerings. Or better yet, stop by and see for yourself and bring a knife. And a fork.

Article Source: The Cornwall Chronicle