Manchester — The Spruce Street Farmers Market, in Manchester, is already having a great season.
Market Master Cynde Acanto said a rotation of vendors, entertainers, and food trucks keeps the market fresh each week, while the market maintains its own sense of community.
“We have a longer season this year,” Acanto said. “We started the first of June and we’re going all the way to the end of August. We have a different food truck every week. We have great returning vendors and we have new vendors all the time, and we have great guest vendors every week.”
As expected, there were produce vendors from local farms, as well as crafters, artisans, and local community organizations. There were also bakers, like the Better Together Bakery, which had a variety of pastries and confections for sale, including vegan chocolate chip cookie pies, and Granny’s Pie Factory of East Hartford, which had apple, cherry, and chocolate cream pies.
This week’s food truck was SoulFully Vegan, which had meatless hot dogs and burgers among the items on its menu.
Also visiting was the Lutz Children’s Museum, which had a mini petting zoo, including live snails, and Rec on the Run from the Town of Manchester’s Recreation Division, which had outdoor games and was handing out craft boxes for kids.
The Manchester Youth Service Bureau and it’s Change Collaborative - which works to prevent substance abuse - was also on hand, inviting kids to create “mini masterpieces,” while learning about the program.
“The model on how we talk to kids and parents has changed a lot,” Project Program Coordinator Samantha Bell said. “The script now is harm reduction, giving kids and families information on things like why the drinking age is 21. It’s not because you’re not mature, it’s because, biologically, your brain is not done developing.”
For more information, and updated lists of each week’s vendors, visit Spruce Street Farmers Market on Facebook.