With a cloudless sky above and the temperature in the mid-80s, Collinsville was a happenin' place late Sunday morning, July 17, with the farmers market in the town hall parking lot taking center stage from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photos: dotCANTON.
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Gail Case, owner of the Collinsville Baking Co. in New Hartford, stands behind her products Sunday, June 19, at the Collinsville Farmers Market. Photo: dotCANTON
The Collinsville Baking Company's out-of-sight location in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford. Photo: dotCANTON
By Steve Wilder dotCANTON.com
Though she has remained a Canton resident all along, Gail Case’s appearance in town as a businesswoman on Sunday, June 19, was something of a homecoming.
And by the looks of things, it appeared to have been a profitable visit.
Case was selling plenty of bagels, rolls, bread, baguettes, bread sticks and granola at the Collinsville Farmers Market, only a couple hundred feet away from the location at 41 Bridge Street where she operated the Collinsville Baking Co. for five years, beginning in 2003.
After closing that store, Case was out of business for a year before re-energizing her operation in November 2009 at an out-of-sight location off Wickett Street in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford. For Case, out of site apparently hasn’t meant out of luck. She says her business these days is “mostly wholesale,” supplying baked goods to retail outlets such as The Meat House on Route 44 in Avon, and to the Kane’s and Fitzgerald’s markets on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. The da Capo restaurants in Avon and Litchfield also buy from her, she says.
Don’t, however, let all that wholesale business lead you to write off the site-unseen location in New Hartford. It’s easy enough to find: From the intersection of routes 44 and 179 in Canton, take Route 44 north for 3.7 miles, until you reach the traffic light at the Pine Meadow post office. Turn right there onto Wickett Street and quickly turn right again into the dirt parking lot. Follow the lot to the side of the building (see photo above).
The Collinsville Baking Co. is open six days a week: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. You can sit and eat there, inside or out, or, of course, you can purchase items to take with you. Click here for a look at their menu. Sandwiches are also available.
The Collinsville Baking Co. is currently scheduled to have a booth at the Collinsville Farmers Market every other Sunday this season.
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Dog lovers should keep an eye on the Collinsville Farmers Market’s Facebook page this week. Dog owners attending the market on Sunday, June 19, were encouraged to take a photo of their pooch and post it to the Facebook page. The picture that generates the most “likes” by Saturday, June 25, will win prizes.
We snapped a couple of doggie pics, too. They appear below.
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Lucy, a 4-year-old English Lab from Avon, attended Week 1 of the Collinsville Farmers Market. Perhaps she'll be back this Sunday, June 19, to sample some of the goodies brought by fill-in vendor One Lucky Dog LLC.
By Steve Wilder dotCANTON.com
As much as the Collinsville Farmers Market is about plants, produce and other interesting products, regular visitors know it’s also a terrific place to go to check out the pooches.
And that certainly will be the case during the weekly three-hour gathering at the corner of Main and Bridge streets this Sunday, June 19, when market organizers will be encouraging the “pupperazzi” (dog owners to be precise) to click away with their cameras for a chance to win a bag of One Lucky Dog Bones and a $20 Collinsville Farmers Market gift certificate.
The idea is to take a picture of your dog enjoying the market festivities and post it to CFM’s Facebook page. The picture that generates the most “likes” by Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m. wins.
The pupperazzi event — and the prize of One Lucky Dog Bones — coincides with the participation this week of fill-in vendor One Lucky Dog LLC, an online company based in Simsbury and owned by Alexandra Singer.
One Lucky Dog is a boutique that produces and sells a range of natural and environmentally friendly products for your dog. Singer is especially proud of the organic and all-natural cookies she produces with “human grade ingredients.” They come in 10 different flavors.
“We get all our ingredients — meat, fruits, vegetables, herbs — from growers in Connecticut and from small and independent health food stores,” Singer says.
Singer will be bringing samples Sunday, probably of her “berry blossom” cookie, which she says is “fantastic.” How would Singer know? Easy. “I taste test every single cookie before it goes out,” she says.
Singer also plans to use Sunday to roll out a new “design-your-own-cookie” line, in which dog owners will be able to name the ingredients they want included in cookies made specially for their pet’s discriminating tastes.
Singer’s website, oneluckydogshop.com, is under reconstruction at the moment and is a bit “bare bones,” if you will. But you can still go there to get some more information about her products. Say hello to her on Sunday and she’ll be sure to keep you updated.
It was cool and overcast, but it was dry, so the Collinsville Farmers Market was able to begin its sixth season Sunday, June 12, at the intersection of Bridge and Main Streets. Larson's Garden Center of Canton was there with these hanging baskets and other items. Photos: dotCANTON
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Lettuce / Photos: dotCANTON
The Collinsville Farmers Market returns for its sixth season on Sunday, June 12, and Wild Carrot Farm of Canton will again be among the regular weekly vendors in the town hall parking lot at the intersection of Bridge (Route 179) and Main streets.
A visit Friday, June 10, to the farm store at 541 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) where organically produced items from Mark Palladino’s farm are sold, revealed that plenty has already come out of Wild Carrot Farm’s fertile soil next door.
Lettuce, asparagus, scallions, strawberries (see photos above), spinach, collards, bok choy, kale, napa cabbage and rhubarb were all for sale at the store, and most, if not all, of those items will be available at the farmers market on Sunday.
The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 23. There are musical performances weekly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conjunction with the market. Bill Benson & Friends will be providing the entertainment in Week 1.
In addition to Wild Carrot Farm, this year’s scheduled regular weekly vendors are: The Berry Patch (berries, other) of Thomaston; Deeply Rooted Farm (strawberries, other) of Harwinton; Cupola Hollow Farm (jams, baked goods, other) of West Suffield; Griffin Farmstead (goat products) of East Granby; Mapleview Farm (produce) of Harwinton; Boxed Goodes (packaged rices, legumes, etc.) of Litchfield; Gresczyk Farm (produce) of New Hartford; Canton Historical Society (museum items) of Canton; Lamothe’s Sugar House (maple syrup) of Burlington; Ballado Orchids (orchids) of Berlin; and Hard Rain Farm (produce) of Harwinton.
Larson’s Garden Center (plants) of Canton will have a space for the first half of the season; Hayward Farm (apples) of New Hartford will take over that space in the second half of the season.
Blue Moon Farm (meats) of Harwinton and Collinsville Baking Company (baked goods) of New Hartford will rotate from week to week. Blue Moon Farm will be onsite on Sunday, June 12.
In addition, four product vendors will rotate over the course of the summer: Poor Me Tea (tea) of Torrington, Salsa Loca (salsa) of Torrington, Bittersweet Ridge (crafts) of Roxbury, and Sunfleur Productions (crafts) of Farmington.
Canton Advocates for Responsible Expansion (C.A.R.E) sponsors and produces the Collinsville Farmers Market as a nonprofit endeavor.
Click on “Farmers Market ’10″ under “Categories” to the left for a look at dotCANTON.com posts connected to last year’s farmers market.
Click here for the Collinsville Farmers Market website.
Click here for the Wild Carrot Farm website.
Here’s a sure sign that warm weather can’t be too far away: The Collinsville Farmers Market is seeking volunteers for the coming season.
Elena Forzani, the market’s volunteer chairperson, says the weekly Sunday market is tentatively scheduled to open on June 12 and run through mid-October.
Volunteers, who can be high school age and up, are needed on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help set up and take down the Collinsville Farmers Market booth, and to provide information and sell small items such as T-shirts and aprons from the booth.
The market will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday.
Forzani said volunteers won’t be asked to work alone, and will be teamed with a market manager and another volunteer. Individuals can volunteer to help out on only a few Sundays or on several, and Forzani said the volunteers will get time to do some shopping of their own.
Individuals who are interested in volunteering or obtaining additional information can call Forzani at 860-212-9178 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forzani says e-mailers should type the word “volunteer” in the subject line.
Click here for a look at the Collinsville Farmers Market website.
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