NEW BRITAIN - Central Park hosted the opening of the New Britain Farmers Market on Wednesday.
The event, which attendees called “vibrant” and “buzzing,” was just the beginning of a series to run every Wednesday through Oct. 23.
The city’s Wellness Wednesdays initiative began in June with the Lunchtime Music Series, and now, with the addition of the Farmers Market, will include fresh produce and baked goods in addition to food trucks, crafts, and live music.
New Britain Roots, an organization that strives to educate the community and promote farming and local foods, was ready for the festivities.
“All the picnic tables were full,” Executive Director Joey Listro said. “That’s the kind of activity anyone wants to see in their city center.”
Listro said the event was a success, despite it still being early in the year for produce.
“The first week or two isn’t the best for produce, the farmers here will only get better here as time goes on,” Listro said.
The peak of the season will come more toward late August, Listro said.
At next week’s market, New Britain Roots will have a separate tent set up and will be accepting food stamps and EBT payments for products.
Wine, Whiskey and Coke was the musical group at the marked, and they could be heard throughout downtown from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The market itself ran from 11 to 2.
The trio played hits from the 1960s to the present, inspiring the crowd to dance and sing along.
The Farmers Market is an initiative of Mayor Erin Stewart with support from the New Britain Community Services and Parks and Recreation departments. Anyone with questions about the event is asked to call 860-626-3360.