putnam farm pg 3 11-16-23

Putnam farmers'
market a finalist
PUTNAM — The Putnam Saturday Farmers’ Market chosen as finalist and runner up in The Bulletin’s 2023 Community’s Choice Award Finalist Best of Eastern CT Farmers’ Market
Eastern Connecticut communities voted between July 11and 25 and the Putnam Saturday Farmers’ Market being chosen as a finalist out of five Eastern CT Farmers’ Markets in the running
Putnam’s Mayor Barney Seney recognizes the market coordinator has a big part of the market’s success: He said Emily Barnes is the reason for another successful season in her role as Market Coordinator
The 22-week market runs from the first Saturday in June to the last Saturday in October, providing locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, artisan products, and more. Barnes has run the farmers’ market for the past four years, and this was her final year as market manager. In those four years, Seney said, Barnes has strengthened the market by obtaining grants assisting with advertising and has diversified the market by drawing in local musical groups informative non- profit groups such as Senior Resource Agency on Aging, EASTConn and more. She also brought demonstrations such as wool spinning to the local community and value-added farmers from the community such as dairy from Valleyside Farms.
Barnes said she is proud of where the market stands today and said: “Our market had another fantastic season this year. The farmers and artisans are extremely resilient and have flourished over the past few years despite some difficult weather patterns and after COVID. Being nominated for this award just proves how much our community loves this market and everything it has to offer I’m thankful to have ended my time as market manager with such a great year.”


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