Hill-Stead Museum Ends Farmers Market, Funding Lost

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hsmarketOne of the nicest indulgences from spring to fall was a trip to Hill-Stead Museum’s weekly Farmers Market. Not only for the obvious, a selection of fresh produce and such, but the chance to meander around the grounds overlooking the Farmington Valley and just enjoy the view and the ambience the well-known landmark museum.  Citing a lack of previous funding, however,  the market will not open this year.

This from the museum director, Susan Ballek.

“Dear Friends: I want to share the news with you that Hill-Stead will not host its Farmers Market this summer due to a lack of funding.

The Farmers Market, which has run for the past five years during the summer on the grounds of Hill-Stead, was established in 2009 with support from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development to honor the agricultural history of the estate. The Market was, in large part, funded by grant money, which covered staffing, planning, parking and security costs. Due to the lack of new grant funds to cover the cost of running the Market in 2014, the decision was made to suspend it this summer.

Hill-Stead is very proud of the ‘destination market’ that it created and the community has enjoyed. I am saddened that the lack of crucial grant funding makes it impossible for us to host this year, as it is an expensive program and one, as a non-profit institution, the Museum cannot sustain on its own. I am thankful to you, our Hill-Stead community, for making our Farmers Market such a wonderful experience for all.”


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