Looking to find beautiful, unique gifts; fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers; handy household and personal items; tasty treats and first class entertainment, all from local providers? Then get to the Enfield Farmer’s Market on the Town Green, every Sunday through September 27th. There you will find over 35 local vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry, candles, soaps, art work, Alpaca woolen items and dog treats to fresh produce, flowers, honey, dairy products, and eggs, all from area farms.
While you stroll the Town Green, you will be entertained by Palmer, Massachusetts native Noah Lis, former contender on The Voice. You can even pick up a snack (pizza, pierogis, kettle corn, and more) and pull up a chair to the gazebo and relax while listening to Lis’ music for a most enjoyable outing.
The Farmer’s Market organizers, Connie Provencher and Town Manager Christopher Bromson, along with other town staff, are thrilled with the number and quality of vendors, their corporate partners, and all of the visitors who have made coming to the event a safe, pleasurable way to reconnect.
One of the participating vendors is Jeanne Dubois, a retired art teacher, who sells beautifully handcrafted, quilled ornaments and note cards at her booth, The Quintessential Quill. Quilling is a very old art form traced back to the 15th century. Believed to have been created by French and Italian nuns to adorn religious objects, it is the art of coiling, folding, and bending strips of paper to create decorative designs. Dubois donates her profits to a dog rescue organization, Monticello 2nd Chance Fur Dogs. Look for her booth at the Market, see her on Facebook, or contact her at Jeannedubois58@gmail.com.
Sokol Coffee Roasters is a small family business (mom, dad, and adult son Nathan, who is on the Autism spectrum) operated in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The family sources their “green” beans from fair trade, organic coffee bean farms from many regions around the world. They micro-batch roast the green beans, providing “fresh and consistent roasted coffee beans,” according to Julie Sokol. After roasting, the beans must “rest” for 3 to 5 days before grinding to the customer’s specifications, or they can be left whole. Son Nathan enjoys the weighing and measuring of the beans, which are packaged in 12 ounce bags. A small sampling of the coffee beans available are Columbia Organic Sierra Nevada, Organic Nicaragua Finca la Isabelia, and Sumatra Mandheling. Check their website to see what types are currently available at www.sokolcoffeeroasters.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently an on-line business, they hope to have a “brick and mortar” coffee shop one day.
The Roaring Acres Alpaca Farm is located on over 30 acres in Suffield, Connecticut. It is home to Suri and Huacaya Alpacas, Painted Desert Sheep, and a variety of ducks and chickens, including rare and heritage breeds. Their booth at the Market features an assortment of items made from soft Alpaca wool, including socks, slippers, and stuffed toy animals. You can also visit the farm and new boutique shop…even feed the alpacas…at 685 Hale Street in Suffield. Check their website at www.roaringacresalpacas.com for visiting hours, or shop at www.etsy.com/shop/roaringacresalpacas.
Are you in the mood for some personal pampering that is both “people and earth friendly?” Then head on over to the Blessed Creek booth, where you will find an assortment of all natural soaps, shower gels, body and room sprays, hand scrubs, lip balms, and more. “Lovingly” made by Jeanie Wild, advanced esthetician, herbalist, and chandler, she says, “I love trying new formulas…I infuse healing plants into the oils and just have the best time being a mad soap scientist. I anxiously await making the first cut into the bars to discover the end texture, scent, and finally the feel and sudsing properties. I also impatiently wait the 8 weeks it takes for a full cure so I can present to you a nice hard, long lasting bar of soap.” You can also reach Wild at Jeanie@BlessedCreek.com.
Are you looking for some treats for your four-legged friends? Paws-A-Tively Delectable is one of the vendors offering just that! Elizabeth Sosnowich, the owner, operates out of her home in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, making all natural treats and more for your dogs and cats. She grows her own mint for mint bones, and uses local honey for her treats. In addition, she sells catnip mats, toys, blankets, and pillows. You can learn more by emailing her at email@example.com.
Wildlife and nature photographer Stephen Woronecki, of Tobacco Valley Images, has a large display of his work at the Market. His photographs chronicle life along the Connecticut River, from approximately Hartford, Connecticut north to Springfield, Massachusetts. In addition to his scenic shots of landscapes, barns, sunsets, and rainbows, he has captured images of many of the bird species found along the river. These include osprey, Great Blue herons, white egrets, red-tailed hawks, Northern flickers, and his favorite…the eagles who nest in and around Suffield and Windsor, Connecticut. You can reach Woronecki, who works out of Windsor Locks, at TobaccoValleyImages@gmail.com.
Tulip’s Gift Shop, run by long-time friends Lori Davis and Michelle LaTulippe, is a craft consignment store in Enfield, Connecticut with over 25 crafters taking part. Some of the items they have on display at the Market are representative of the home décor they offer, including signs which can be customized to include all area towns. If you miss them at the Market, they have limited COVID hours at the store at 93B Raffia Road, or you can shop by appointment or on-line at www.tulipsgiftshop.com.
A booth not to miss, even though they are not selling anything, is Reborns With Reasons, a doll therapy program used in nursing homes and healthcare facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Founded by Jaime Beebe, this organization provides extremely life-like baby dolls for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease because it has been found that interacting with these babies/dolls has a positive effect on their physical and emotional state. Look for the purple tent with several well-behaved “babies” under it to learn more about this program, and make a donation if you choose. Learn more on Facebook, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is just a small sampling of the vendors you will find at the Market. Visit in person to discover the other treasures to be found!
Note that masks must be worn by all attending. Also, some vendors can accept cash only, while others accept cash or credit.
THE ENFIELD FARMER'S MARKET RUNS ON SUNDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 27TH, FROM 10AM-1PM, ON THE TOWN GREEN AT 820 ENFIELD STREET, ENFIELD, CONNECTICUT