Berlin farmers market to expand local features

Berlin farmers market to expand local features

Record-Journal


BERLIN — Hungerford Park will soon transform into a farmers market with local products and a returning resident singer.

“That community atmosphere is very cool,” said Liz Friedmann.

The 52-year-old town resident is gearing up to sing and play guitar when the market opens for the season on June 10.

She’s been entertaining since the market was held in the parking lot of A.S. Labieniec. It relocated to Hungerford Park on Farmington Avenue a couple years ago. She performs a variety of music, from Carole King to Train.

“Without her the market loses its spontaneity and fun,” said Marjorie Aguzzi, market coordinator.

Aguzzie and her sister, Market Master Jane Georgini, have been working since winter to sign up more local vendors. More than half of this year’s vendors are from Berlin. The market will have several new vendors and nearly 15 returning businesses.

Bakery on the Ave. will have an expanded spot with deli items, desserts, and breads. Dirty Dog is one of several vendors catering to pets.

Hungerford Park also offers walking trails and a nature museum.

“It’s a perfect fit,” said Aguzzi.

More vendors will be offering locally grown vegetables and fruits this year. Aguzzi and Georgini will operate their Artful Garden booth again.

A new book tent, where patrons can read and purchase donated books, has been added. Proceeds will benefit animals in the park nature center.

“The kids are never bored,” Aguzzi said.

The market will also sell handmade soaps, jewelry and unique gifts.

It is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays starting June 10 through Sept. 23. It averaged about 300 visitors per day last season.

For more information, email Aguzzi at j.aguzzi@comcast.net


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