The Farmer’s Market brings fresh produce to the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A Hartford Farmer’s Market brings fresh food to an area considered a “food desert.”

While there isn’t much access to fresh produce or even fresh flowers, this Farmer’s Market offers a fresh new look to dining tables in the Frog Hollow neighborhood.

“It’s so good because I don’t need to travel, and I can’t travel with the walker, so to come here and get my products and stuff and interact with people. It’s good because I don’t get to do it often,” said Teresa Russell of Hartford.

Forge City Works, a local nonprofit, provides food access to areas considered a food desert or food swamp, such as the Frog Hollow neighborhood, which has limited access to fresh, affordable food.

Not only are SNAP benefits accepted, but Forge City Works doubles them up to $20, making a difference in whether residents get food for themselves or their families.

“They don’t have to buy things from a box store, they can actually get produce grown on the farm, picked this morning and brought to the town where they live so they can enjoy it today on their table,” said Joyce Willing of Beckett Farms.

After buying your food, what could be better than learning how to cook it?

“You know what I like too is that they tell you how to use the products, the things you can do, let me know how it worked, when you come next week let me know if you need help. I love it,” Russell said.

David Corrigan lives in the Frog Hollow neighborhood. He said this farmers market has been a great asset to the area.

“Fresh vegetables, fresh produce are really important. I mean it’s really farm-to-table,” Corrigan said.

The Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday until October.

If you would like to get involved, donate or take advantage of the Farmer’s Market, click here.

James V. Payne