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Final 2018 Farmers Market to Focus on Thanksgiving & Beer — Yes, Beer!

Downtown Farmers Market | Bristol Development Authority

Based on the success of the Summer Farmers Markets, the City is offering one more Market geared to the Thanksgiving holiday on Saturday, November 17th from 10am-1pm across from City Hall.

“We loved the energy at the summer markets and the fact that people really liked to buy local,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

“There are other fall markets throughout the state so we thought we should see how one did here and throw in a food truck for those busy people who have lots to do on Saturdays.”

“In addition to the Makin’ Bacon food truck, we are going to rely on some of our fan favorites from the summer but also emphasizing the specific products needed for a holiday dinner,” stated Justin Malley, the city’s economic development director.

Farmers’ markets have surged in popularity in the United States during the past 30 years.

Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began collecting information on farmers’ markets in 1994, the number of markets increased from 1,755 to more than 4,385.

It is estimated that more than 3 million consumers shop at these markets, and about 30,000 small farmers and food entrepreneurs earn a partial or full living selling their local products at farmers’ markets

Farmers who engage in direct sales and consumers who buy directly with them was a win-win last year.

The list to date includes:

Craft Beer Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. will be at the Fall Festival – just in time to stock up for the holidays with family and friends. In addition to their popular brews, Firefly merchandise will also be available for the perfect hostess or housewarming gifts.

Farm Products and Vegetables The two farms that served as the anchors for the summer will be returning with all your needs for spectacular and fresh side dishes. Gresczyk Farms and Twin Pines Farm will be bringing winter squash, sugar pumpkins, potatoes (fingerling, red, gold), three varieties of sweet potato, carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, brussel sprouts, hydroponic lettuce, kale and swiss chard, onions, shallots, garlic, leeks and more.

Meat and Eggs Gresczyk Farms will also be bringing eggs and farm-raised pork products, including pork chops, ham steaks, and bacon. Green Acres Farm of Bristol will have grass fed beef, vacuum sealed steaks, stew beef, hamburger, etc.

Canned Goods Twin Pines will bring their homemade butters, honeys, jams, cheeses, pickles, etc. Gresczyk will have some of their bottled tomato sauces.

Tasty Treats & Desserts Better Baking by Beth and Perkins Pure Sugar House (maple syrup) will take care of all the dessert items on the menu.

Specialty KalCo bars, West’s Side Jerky, Cafe Real Coffee and Ridgerunner handmade soap and bath products make great gifts for the holidays.

Like previous years, patrons can get fresh fruits and veggies, as well as home-made soaps and local honey.

Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said this Summer “Our farmer’s market has seen a lot of foot traffic. You can pick up your fresh locally grown produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, handmade soaps, beef jerky, and jams.”

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