Hitchcock Farmers Market to open April 17

Hitchcock Academy volunteers will work on basketball and tennis courts in Brimfield on the morning of April 24. Courtesy photo.

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BRIMFIELD — Once again Hitchcock Academy is proud to be the site of the area’s earliest Farmer’s Market on April 17.  Located in the Hitchcock parking lot at the corner of Brookfield Road and North Main Street in downtown Brimfield, the market is open every Saturday through October 30 (except for Flea Market weeks) from 9 am to 2 pm. While some customers might want to arrive early for the best selection, the 2 pm closing means weekday early risers won’t miss anything if they sleep in.

For 26 weeks the Farmer’s Market brings the community the finest in home made goods, locally grown, vegetable and flowering plants, produce, meat, baked goods, maple products, ice cream, herbs, soaps, salts, washes, balms, and more from trusted local vendors. Two of the vendors, Flourish Farm and Hunt Road Berry Farm, are set up to process SNAP and Healthy Incentives Program benefits, adding even more incentive to shop locally.

The Farmer’s Market truly functions as a community event, providing an opportunity to become familiar with native goods and to interact with the producers of these goods.  Dollars spent at the Farmer’s Market go right back into the local economy and add to the regional wealth, while simultaneously providing the consumer with ready access to a healthier diet. Cindy Skowyra, Hitchcock Academy’s Executive Director, points out that, “the Farmer’s Market also provides a consistent source of high quality goods. Week after week you greet the same vendors.”

While many people have received Covid-19 vaccines, entry into the Hitchcock Farmer’s Market will require a mask. Patrons are also asked to follow current social distancing protocols. Nothing enhances the flavor of food like freshness, and nothing beats a local Farmer’s Market for freshness.

On April 24th at 9 am, just across the street from the Farmer’s Market, Hitchcock Academy invites community members to participate in its effort to fix up its tennis and basketball courts.  Spearheaded by Ken Hawk of Hawk’s Lawncare and Landscaping, clean up projects will include cutting brush and a few small trees, raking leaves and general clean up.  According to Skowyra, who honed her tennis skills on the HFA courts, a clean up project has always been a primary goal.  When Hawk floated the idea of a community project on a local Facebook website, the response was immediate and it was encouraging, with many people offering to volunteer their time and talents. Anyone who is interested in participating can find information about the project in the Events Section of hitchcockacademy.org. While registration is not required Skowyra says it is helpful for planning purposes. Drinks and snacks will be provided along with lots of encouragement and enthusiasm.  Rain date for the clean up project is Sunday, April 25 at Noon. Hitchcock Academy rounds out its April offerings with an online seasonal look at the night sky. Astronomy, which features planetarium software takes place on April 19 and on April 29 Fencing with instructor Andrew Bloch returns.

People thinking ahead to summer gardens need to circle May 22 on their calendars. Hitchcock will hold its second annual Plant Sale Fundraiser in its parking lot on May 22.  All types of annual, perennial, vegetable and hanging plants will be on sale in time for Memorial Day planting. Anyone, thinning their gardens and finding themselves with an excess of plants are welcome to donate that excess to this fundraiser.

Hitchcock Academy also looks to a busy June with the 11th annual Town Wide Tag Sale scheduled for June 5 and the first annual Golf Tournament on tap for June 26.  The Golf Tournament will be held at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton.  Skowyra says that sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For more information contact execdirector@hitchcockacademy.org.


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