The Billings Forge Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge was created in 2007 as a seasonal weekly market providing the residents of Billings Forge and the surrounding Frog Hollow neighborhood with access to fresh, local foods. The Farmers’ Market creates a diverse meeting space to draw energy into Frog Hollow, particularly by engaging nearby capitol-area workers. Between 2008 and 2009, the Farmers’ Market doubled its sales to become Hartford’s largest farmers’ market. Our farmers and food artisans travel from all over Connecticut to sell their fresh, delicious goods directly to consumers. In addition to produce, fruits, and flowers the market also features delicious breads, fresh dairy, locally made Italian ice, eggs, jams, pickles, soaps, and locally roasted coffees. The Billings Forge market accepts SNAP and runs the Billings Bonus Bucks Benefit Program, which doubles the value of SNAP benefits used at the market. For every dollar that SNAP participants swipe from their EBT card at the market, they will receive another dollar free to spend at the market. The Billings Forge Market is also currently the only year-round farmers’ market in the City of Hartford. We run an indoor winter market in the Studio at Billings Forge from November through May in addition to our outdoor market, which runs from June through October. For more information about the Billings Forge market, visit the Billings Forge Community Works website here. Dates: Every Thursday year-round from 11am-2pm, June-October on the lawn on Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street and November-May in the Studio at 563 Broad Street.

Farmers and Vendors

Market Manager: Karem Perez-Rivera, 860-548-9877 ex. 405 View Larger Map

Hartford Mobile Market

Research in low-income communities shows that access to affordable and culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables is essential for addressing food insecurity. A recent study of food security in Connecticut found that Hartford’s population is the most at risk of food insecurity in the state. Although several approaches have been developed to address this, access to produce in many Hartford neighborhoods remains a challenge.

The Hartford Mobile Market aims to address the lack of access to affordable and high quality produce in many Hartford neighborhoods. It is a year-round mobile produce market for targeted low-income neighborhoods, bringing fresh fruits and vegetables into areas with limited healthy food access. In addition to providing a source of locally and regionally grown produce for underserved communities, the Hartford Mobile Market also provides a new market for local farmers since the majority of the products sold on the mobile market will be sourced locally.

The Hartford Mobile Market began operating in December 2014 with two weekly stops, one at Hispanic Health Council/WIC and one at Community Health Services. SNAP and debit are accepted at all stops. Additional market stops will be added throughout the first year of the mobile market’s operations. The schedule for the Hartford Mobile Market as of March 2015 is as follows:

Wednesdays

  • 10am-12pm, Hispanic Health Council/WIC, 175 Main St.
  • 1-3pm, CCMC Primary Care Center, 76 New Britain Ave.
  • 4-6:30pm, Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, 2500 Main St.

Thursdays

  • 11am-2pm, Billings Forge Winter Market, 539 Broad St. (Seasonal stop, through May)

Fridays

  •  10am-12pm, Community Health Services, 500 Albany Ave.

The Hartford Mobile Market is a collaborative project of Hartford Food System and Hispanic Health Council. The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Hartford Hospital are the program’s founding funders, with additional support from the City of Hartford, Bank of America, the USDA, and the NBC Universal Foundation.

If you have questions about the mobile market, or if you are interested in hosting a mobile market stop, please contact Pauline Zaldonis at pauline@hartfordfood.org.

Thank you to the supporters of the Hartford Mobile Market!

http://www.hartfordfood.org/programs/hartford-mobile-market/

 

The Hartford Mobile Market Is Coming!

For more information – Hartford Mobile Market

Indoor Winter Market 2014/15 Season

For more information –  IndoorWinterMarket2014-15

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Double Value Coupon Program

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Through the market’s participation in the Double Value Coupon Program, shoppers can use their SNAP (Food Stamp), electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) benefits at the Billings Forget Farmers’ Market and receive twice the benefit when purchasing locally grown fruits and vegetables. ($20 max limit)

                           

 


Free Shuttle Service Brings Asylum Hill Community to the Billings Forge Farmers’ Market (Summer only)

More information available here


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