Now in its seventh year, the celebrated its Opening Day on Sunday, June 10.
Thanks to the off-season anticipation and excitement of longtime farmers market regulars along with a sunny forecast bringing even more visitors to town, the event was busy with customers choosing goods from among the many vendors on hand to sell their farm-fresh products.
Seasonal highlights on Sunday included garlic scapes, which have a short window of availablility each year in late spring, along with young lettuces, herbs, flowers and berries.
Other locally-grown or locally-produced goods sold at the farmers market all season long will be artisan breads and other baked goods from Collinsville Baking Co., handmade woolen goods, vegetable soaps, maple syrup, jams and much more.
Butterfield Farm in East Granby, new folks at this year's market, offers homemade goat cheeses and dips made from the milk of their own herd of goats.
Another weekly feature of the event is live music, also locally "grown," as it's provided by performers well-known around town. A rotating cast of musicians from the region contribute to the family-friendly, fun vibe with their original and cover tunes, playing for most of the three hours the market is open.
Opening Day featured performer Bill Benson, whose video for his original song, "Porch Time," features sights from around Collinsville. Watch it on YouTube here.
The next handful of musical performances are:
- June 17 (Father's Day): D.C. Jones
- June 24: Eric Paradine
- July 1: Ken Haller
- July 8: Hannah Fair
Visit the Collinsville Farmers Market website for the complete and most up-to-date calendar of performers, along with further information about the organizers, C.A.R.E., Inc., and a list of vendors.
Closing Day is planned for October 21, but regular visitors to the Collinsville Farmers Market know that new and delicious vegetables and other products are waiting to be discovered every week throughout the growing season.