In 1979, Hartford Food System took over the management of a farmers market that had started the previous year at Hartford’s historic Old State House, later adding four new markets in Hartford’s lower-income neighborhoods.
Opening day festivities included programs for children, musical entertainment, and live cooking demonstrations. Every summer the market provides fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from area farms. Each year, more than 5,000 visitors come to the market and buy produce provided by local farms.
for North End residents who long desired a farmers market in their own community. Hartford Food System supported this effort through a feasibility study published in 2008; we partnered with neighborhood leaders to hire the market coordinator and provide outreach to community residents. A planning team comprised of community residents, the City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services, United Connecticut Action for Neighborhoods, Rambuh Family Center, and Hartford Food System worked for several months to establish this market.
Hartford Food System was founded in 1978. Since then, we have been dedicated to finding long-term solutions for access to affordable and healthy food in our home city of Hartford.
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