Â SOUTHINGTON â€“ Southington Bread For Life has created the â€śSouthington Honey Companyâ€ť to give work experience opportunities for clients selling products at this yearâ€™s Farmers Market.
The Southington Farmers Market will be held on Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. on the town green from June 24 through Sept. 23. The Southington Honey Company will have a variety of products for sale, including beeswax candles and honey cakes. Later this year, they will also be selling honey.
Southington Honey Company was established thanks to the support of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, which has lent its support as a five year partner. Roger Deitz, editor of Southington Magazine, is a beekeeper and is lending his skills to tend to seven beehives for Bread for Life.
Donna Ayer, executive director of Southington Bread for Life, said that the idea behind â€śSouthington Honey Companyâ€ť was to provide those that Bread for Life serves with an opportunity for employment. There are currently five clients working for Southington Honey Company, who will be manning the table at the Farmerâ€™s Market.
â€śWe worked with the entrepreneurship class at Central Connecticut State University to help us develop products that clients can sell at the farmerâ€™s market,â€ť said Ayer. â€śMost products are made by our clients.â€ť
Clients participating in the Southington Honey Company were also taught job skills like customer service, how to operate a cash register, how to show up for a job and how to sign a time card.
â€śWe will provide them with not only work experience, but also a chance to connect to the community through the Farmers Market,â€ť said Ayer. â€śIt will provide them with hope and confidence and hopefully open doors for future opportunities for them as they move forward with their goals.â€ť
On Thursday, June 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., Bread for Life will be doing a pop-up sale at the parking lot of their headquarters at 31 Vermont Ave.
â€śThis will give our clients a taste of what it is like to use the skills they have learned before the farmerâ€™s market,â€ť said Ayer.
Ayer noted that Emma Tuttle, a volunteer for Bread for Life who has Down Syndrome, makes the beehive shaped honey cakes that will be for sale.
There will also be note cards for sale featuring nature photographs taken by a client.
â€śHe was a photographer who became homeless during covid,â€ť she said.
Other products for sale will include Southington Honey Company tote bags and tee shirts and crocheted bee key rings.
For more information on Southington Bread for Life, call 860-276-8389 or visit southingtonbreadforlife.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.