Farmers Markets And Stands In Connecticut

Markets Stands

Billings Forge: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 563 Broad St., Hartford. Connecticut-grown vegetables, hydroponic greens, meats, cheese, eggs, jams, baked goods and a tasting table. Food stamps/EBT debit and credit accepted. Information: 860-548-9877.
Bethany: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; indoor. Bethany Town Hall, Peck Road.
Bloomfield: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through Oct. 27, Bloomfield Town Hall, 800 Bloomfield Ave.
City Center Danbury: Fridays through Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at Kennedy Park. Information:
Collinsville: Sundays through Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., town hall parking lot, corner of Main Street and Route 179;
East Granby: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., through Sept. 26. The Center Shops on the corner of routes 20 and 187. Information:
East Haddam: Grange Hall, 488 Town St. (Route 151). Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. during the summer and 3 to 6 p.m. during the fall season, through Oct. 31. Information:
East Hampton: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 6, Congregational Church parking lot, 59 Main St. Rain or shine. Seasonal and local fruit and vegetables, Connecticut maple syrup, jams, baked goods, specialty foods, local artisan crafts and more. New vendors welcome. Information: 860-267-7180.
Ellington: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through Oct. 20, Arbor Park, Main Street. Local and fresh: fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, dairy, baked goods, pickles, jams, jellies, honey, maple products, locally roasted coffees, hot sauces, specially food items and artisan wares. Weekly entertainment. Information:
Farmington: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays through Oct. 14, Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road. Connecticut farmers and vendors offer array of locally grown, fresh and organic vegetables, fruits, dairy products, naturally raised beef, veal, pork and lamb, fresh poultry and more. Plus weekly chef demos and other special events. Information:
Franklin: every Friday through Nov. 2, 3 to 7 p.m., 828 Route 32, Cedar Hill Marketplace. Entertainment, fresh local vegetables, cheese, fruits and meat. Information: 860-861-3631.
Granby: Tuesdays, 3 to 6:30 p.m., through Sept. 11. Farmington Valley YMCA. Locally grown produce, herbs, flowers, meat, poultry, fresh breads, baked goods, maple products, fruit, ice cream, smoothies, fresh locally made salsa. Entertainment each week. Information:
Hartford: Saturdays, 5 to 9 a.m., Hartford Regional Farmers Market, 101 Reserve Road. Annual and perennial plants, evergreen and flowering shrubs, ornamental grasses, seasonal produce and more.
Hartford: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 26, Old State House, Main Street. Information:
Hartford: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., through Oct. 31. 80 Coventry St., in front of North End Senior Center.
Hartford: Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., through October. Chrysalis Center, 255 Homestead Ave. Fresh, locally grown fare. Information: 860-263-4419
Higganum: Fridays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., through October. Higganum Green, intersections of routes 154 and 81. Rain or shine; Connecticut-grown produce; eggs, meats, baked goods, honey, herbs, spices, cut flowers, artisanal foods, coffees. Entertainment, educational events weekly. Information:
Ivoryton: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October. On Summit Street, next to Ivoryton Playhouse. Connecticut grown produce, meats, fish, breads, maple syrup, and more.
Lebanon: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through mid-October, Lebanon Town Hall, 579 Exeter Road. 20 local and regional vendors from past years, plus weekly newcomers including Priam Vineyards from Colchester, burgers cooked by Haider Farm from Franklin and ice cream and other products offered from The Farmers Cow. Information:
Manchester: Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 11. 35 Oakland St. Thursday from 3 to 6 pm. The market is WIC and FMNP certified and has a different event going on each week. Information: 860-649-4523, Ext. 314
Middletown: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through October. North End Farmers Market, corner of Main and Liberty streets. Features over a dozen vendors selling fresh bread, milk, eggs, produce, flowers and more. Information:
New Hartford: Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., through September. Pine Meadow green, intersection of Route 44 and Church Street. Local produce, plants, fresh poultry, goat cheese, bakery items, jams, jellies, pickles, flavored oils and vinegars, craft items. Free entertainment.
Newington: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m., through late October, municipal parking lot behind Market Square Information: 860-571-0084.
Rockville: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Courthouse Plaza parking lot. Informaiton: 860-871-1597.
Simsbury: Thursdays through Oct. 4, 3 to 6 p.m., on the Green at Simsmore Square, 540 Hopmeadow St. Local produce, grass-fed beef, kettle corn, bakery items, coffee, ice cream, live entertainment and more. Information:
Somers: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through mid-October. Corner of Main and Battle streets. Spring herbs and plants, potted plants, fresh rhubarb, eggs, honey, maple syrup, baked goods and breads.
South Windsor: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 14. Union Distict School, 771 Main St. Area farmers and artisans offer their products, rain or shine. Information: 860-528-3717,
Stafford Springs: Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mocko’s Lot, junction of Route 32 and 190 (West Stafford Road).
Storrs: Saturdays, 3 to 6 p.m., Mansfield Town Hall parking lot, Storrs Road (Route 195). Selling premium, Connecticut-grown foods. Information:
Suffield: Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon, through October, Suffield Green across from Kent Memorial Library. Connecticut grown vegetables, fruits, landscape plants, patio planters, fresh cut flowers, eggs, beef and pork products, dairy products, baked goods, jams and jellies and much more. Information: 860-623-5925.
Tolland: 9 am. to noon, through mid-November, Tolland Green. Local farmers and vendors offer variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, plants, flowers, soap, teas, jellies, jams, pickles, relish, maple syrup, farm fresh eggs and baked goods. Information: 860-871-3600.
Urban Oaks Organic Farm: Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., year round, at 225 Oak St. in New Britain. Greenhouse and field-grown vegetables, along with other local cheese, honey, artisan baked goods, jams and more. Food stamps, WIC accepted. Information: 860-223-6200.
Westbrook: Sundays through Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tanger Outlets, main parking lot near Timberland. Connecticut grown fruits, vegetables, hand-made pies, breads, cookies, jams, jellies, sauces, hand-crafted jewelry, knitted bags and much more. New vendors wecome: 860-399-8656, Ext. 11.
Wethersfield: Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m., through October. Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Ave. Rain or shine. Thirty-plus vendors offering a variety of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic and heirloom vegetables, herbs, plants, flowers, french breads and pastries, baked goods and more. Specialty items, music. Information: 860 578-8650.
Windsor: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Thursdays through October at 240 Broad St. Locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, cheeses and occasionally, artisan crafts. Information:

Update: Adele married? Singer denies reports

Rumour — and Life Style — has it that Adele just married her boyfriend Simon Konecki. The singer hasn’t released a formal announcement or blog post or commemorative pop ballad, but where there are wedding-ring photos, wedding reports will follow, and Life Style snapped a picture of the very-pregnant 24-year-old wearing a shiny new gold band on her ring finger — enough for the mag to run with the cover line “SECRET WEDDING!”

And now, UK newspaper the Daily Mail is backing up their report.

“They did get married, and I was present,” one unnamed wedding guest told the Daily Mail. “It was a fabulous occasion.”

And while this anonymous party guest (who may or may not have been a famous person) didn’t bother sharing when and where Adele and Konecki said “I do,” they did add that “Adele was dressed in classic attire and Simon looked very smart and joyous.”


But then this happened: Adele Tweeted her response to the reports Thursday afternoon, “I’m not married…Zzzzzzz.”

Got it, Adele. Regret the mix-up. You go right back to beddie bye, and we’ll keep on blathering through the related details:

Despite her superstar status — Adele’s 21 was the highest-selling album of 2011, lest we forget — the singer’s been able to maintain a private existence. She announced news of her pregnancy via her website in June, surprising fans and gossips alike. (Incidentally, that blog post is the last update to her site as of Thursday morning.)

Should Adele and Konecki eventually get married, it will be the first for Adele. Konecki, who runs various philanthropic endeavors including the clean-water charity Drop4Drop, was previously married to stylist Clary Fisher, with whom he has a young daughter.

And Konecki will soon be a dad again — “any day” now, actually, according to The Sun. Adele’s so heavily pregnant that the paper reports she was housebound last weekend — which kept her from taking in London’s Notting Hill festival. So, Konecki reportedly threw the singer her very own festival-themed house party, which leads us to wonder whether that’s why wedding reports broke in the first place.

“Simon ordered bucket-loads of chicken and had reggae music blasting out so Adele would get a flavour of what she was missing,� one party guest told The Sun.

Israelis say UN report strengthens Iran warnings

It drew rapid criticism from Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, who said Friday the assertion about Parchin “does not make any technical sense.” Iran denies the West’s claims that it is seeking to develop weapons but its government makes no secret that it sees expansion of its nuclear program as a right.

“The (U.N.) report confirms what Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has been talking about for years now, that the Iranian nuclear program is designed to achieve a nuclear weapon,” an Israeli official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Israel has been weighing unilateral military action against Iranian nuclear facilities amid faltering international efforts to persuade Tehran to scale back its uranium enrichment, a process that would be key to bomb-making.

The United States opposes Israeli strikes. The strain between Washington and its longtime Israeli ally has been on full display this month, with a top U.S. military officer, Gen. Martin Dempsey, twice speaking out against a go-it-alone strike, saying on Thursday he would “not want to be complicit” in such an assault.

Many Israeli officials see this reluctance as linked to the strength of American airpower, which can successfully hit more difficult targets and gives Washington a greater window for action.

But given Israel’s more limited military means, the U.N. report could reinforce the view there that time for it to act independently is quickly running out, as key elements of Iran’s nuclear program may soon be impervious to airstrikes from Israel’s own aircraft.

Israeli leaders have said repeatedly that their country reserves the right to act on its own and will not leave what it sees as an essential security issue in the hands of others, even a powerful ally like the U.S.

The U.N. says Iran has installed 1,000 centrifuges at the Fordo site since May, doubling the number there.

Israeli defense officials said Friday that they were surprised by the pace of the increase, but said the information contained in the U.N. report would not influence the country’s decision whether to attack and if so, when. They also spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss confidential assessments of the Iranian program.

Some nuclear experts have cautioned against concluding too much from the increase. Senior diplomats outside Israel familiar with the report said it was unclear how many of the centrifuges are operational. They also said it was unclear whether the machines would be used to produce reactor fuel or warhead-capable material.

In his comments to official news agency IRNA on Friday, Iran’s Salehi said the report wrongly accused his country of trying to clean up traces of nuclear experiments at the Parchin base even though removing such radioactive residue would be impossible.

Colorado Springs Veterinarian Releases New Centennial Animal Hospital Website

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Veterinarian Dr. Mike Stahl of Centennial Animal Hospital announced that the hospital has launched a new website. He explained that the new site was designed for pet owners looking for trusted pet health information. The new site design is crisp and uncluttered, and it contains links to their social media content, which he hopes will help them build a community of fellow pet lovers. According to Dr. Stahl, the website has several new features, including a veterinary blog, which will contain pet care articles and foster discussions.

Dr. Stahl, who heads the Colorado Springs animal hospital, says he is eager for people to start using the website. “People can contact us through the website, schedule appointments, download forms and fill them out at home instead of in the office. That gives us more time to spend getting to know new patients and their families instead of completing paperwork. The whole thing has been designed to make life easier for pet owners. We will be adding blog articles about pet health so that our patients’ families have a trusted place to go, night or day, to find information about everything from pet dentistry to pet vaccinations and pet surgery. People can ask questions and respond to others’ questions and comments here, as well as over at our Facebook page.”

The veterinarian points out the Pet Selector feature, which he hopes will help people make informed decisions about adopting a pet. A button for the quiz is accessible at the upper right of each page. This enables families thinking of adopting a new pet to answer several questions about their lifestyle. The answers help the Pet Selector match breeds of dog or cat that might fit well within a family. Dr. Stahl says that responsible pet ownership and healthy, rewarding lifetime relationships with pets start before the pet first enters the home.

Dr. Stahl explains that they are particularly excited about the social media component of the website. He says that pet owners often look online for information regarding pet health. He wants people to come to their Facebook page to discuss pet health and ask questions about everything from emerging treatments such as pet laser therapy to common concerns such as nutrition, pet boarding and pet grooming. He says that they also have a listing on Yelp so that people can find them easily via their smart phones and give them feedback about their services.

According to Dr. Stahl, “We have great hopes that our new website will be easy for people to use and provide a lot of extra value for pet owners looking for health information for their pets.”

Centennial Animal Hospital has provided pet wellness care, dental care, vaccinations, surgery, boarding, grooming and laser therapy for area pets for the past 10 years. Their website is located at

Adele Debuts Baby Bump—and a Wedding Ring?!

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Rumor has it that Adele might be further along in her pregnancy than everyone thought—and now we’ve got some proof!

Life Style has just published the first photo of the Grammy winner in all her blissful, baby-bumpin’ glory as she steps out in London.

And indeed, she seems be flaunting a rather sizable baby bump there, adding fuel to talk that the 24-year-old, who had just announced in June that she and baby daddy Simon Konecki were expecting their first child, might already be due in September.

Adele’s due date revealed? Shortest pregnancy ever!

But wait: That’s not the only surprise the “Someone Like You” chanteuse flung on celeb watchers.

Adele was snapped wearing a gold wedding band on her ring finger, stirring rumors that she and Konecki might have tied the knot.

No word yet from the singer’s camp on whether the duo have indeed gotten hitched, but back in May, she made it a point to swat down reports that they had gotten engaged.

Is Adele engaged to Simon Konecki?!

A source tells Life Style, though, that “Adele and Simon managed to keep the baby news a secret for so long that there are rumors they’ve already gotten married, too. She’s an old-fashioned girl and can’t wait to be part of a family unit. She just wants to focus on the baby and the man she loves.”

Can’t wait to see what kind of inspiration that brings to the songbird’s famously personal music!

Get a load of these stars as they baby-bump along!

Tymoshenko loses appeal, stays in Ukraine jail

A Ukrainian high court rejected an appeal on Wednesday by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her conviction for abuse of office, leaving her in jail and Ukraine’s relations with the West severely strained.

Tymoshenko’s defense lawyer said the ruling by a three-judge panel had been steered by President Viktor Yanukovich for political reasons.

“These findings have no relation to justice,” Serhiy Vlasenko told journalists after judge Olexander Yelfimov ruled that lower courts had delivered “correct decisions on the crimes of Tymoshenko.”

“This is a decision of Yanukovich to keep Tymoshenko in prison,” Vlasenko said.

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Western leaders condemned the seven-year prison term meted out to the 51-year-old opposition leader in October as political persecution, and blocked strategic agreements on political association and a free-trade zone with the European Union.

But despite months of chiding by the European Union and the United States, Yanukovich has refused to act to secure her release. No one had expected her to be released on Wednesday.

Yanukovich did not immediately react to Vlasenko’s comments, though in tough remarks last Friday he said he would not negotiate integration with the European Union at the price of allowing it to interfere in her case.

Story: Ukraine prosecutor urges court to uphold Tymoshenko guilt

In Brussels, the European Union urged Ukraine to reform its judicial system “to redress the effects of selective justice” like that seen in Tymoshenko’s case.

“We stress the importance for the Ukrainian authorities to take concrete steps to address the systemic problems of the judiciary,” Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said.

Tymoshenko, recognizable for her peasant-style hair braid and known for fiery rhetoric, was not in court because of persistent back trouble which has kept her confined to a state-run hospital in eastern Ukraine.

About 300 of her supporters gathered outside the courtroom, chanting slogans such as “Yulia – Freedom!” and “Keep convicts inside and get Yulia out!” They lowered a mock coffin into the ground outside the courtroom to symbolize the death of justice.

The continued incarceration of Tymoshenko – by far the most vibrant opposition figure on Ukraine’s political landscape – is certain to figure as a major issue in an October 28 legislative election.

Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions goes into that election with the government highly unpopular over reforms that have increased taxes on small businesses and raised retirement ages, and it will have to work hard to retain its majority.

The abuse of office conviction relates to a gas deal that Tymoshenko brokered with Russia in 2009 when she was prime minister. The Yanukovich government says the agreement was reckless and saddled Ukraine with an enormous price for strategic supplies of gas which is taking a toll on the stressed economy.


Tymoshenko has denied betraying the national interest, with her lawyers arguing that the gas negotiation with Russia was a political act which did not amount to a criminal action.

Ukrainian state prosecutors said Tymoshenko’s guilt was clearly established at her trial last year.

In Wednesday’s judgment, the three-member panel said: “The judges of the court have reached the conclusion that the appeal cannot be satisfied … The judges believe that the previous courts reached correct decisions on the crimes of Tymoshenko.”

Tymoshenko’s daughter Yevgenia, who has sought international support for her mother’s cause, told journalists: “Today we again received a shameful decision which proves that a dictatorship is establishing itself in Ukraine.”

She said the ruling would be the basis for a fresh appeal to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The authorities have ignored Western criticism and piled up fresh charges against Tymoshenko for alleged past misdeeds.

In a separate trial, which has been adjourned several times because of Tymoshenko’s ill health, she is accused of embezzlement and tax evasion going back to alleged offences when she was in business in the 1990s.

Lawyers for Tymoshenko pressed her case at the ECHR on Tuesday, arguing that her pre-trial detention had been unlawful and that she had been subjected to degrading treatment in prison.

The former prime minister was a leader of the 2004 Orange Revolution protests against sleaze and cronyism in Ukraine that derailed Yanukovich’s first bid for the presidency.

She served two terms as prime minister under President Viktor Yushchenko, but the two fell out and their partnership dissolved into bickering and infighting.

She narrowly lost to Yanukovich in a run-off for the presidency in February 2010 after a bitter campaign.

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