Today State Representative Tim Ackert (R- Coventry) announced the Coventry Regional Farmers Market is a finalist, along with Michigan and New Jersey farmers’ markets, in the Great Barn Giveaway. The winner of the contest, sponsored by W.H. Silverstein Inc., Farmers Market Coalition and America’s Farmland Trust, will receive an $80,000 open-air, post and beam market barn.
“This is a magnificent opportunity for our town and region,” said Ackert. “The farmers’ market is such an important part of the economy and community and the possibility of adding this barn, at no cost to the taxpayers, is very exciting.”
Joining Ackert at the press conference was Eric Trott, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Coventry and Winter Caplanson, Executive Director of the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market.
Caplanson says she is excited that the new barn will allow for the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market to offer things it currently does not have to capacity for.
“We have an opportunity to take this incredibly popular and well-attended farmers’ market and ratchet it up to the next level,” said Caplanson. “In our barn we envision being able to offer things that we’re currently not able to offer at the farmers’ market.” Caplanson said a safe and weather tight barn would allow for allow for things such as art demonstrations and music.
Trott said the farmers’ market is an economic development engine that guarantees thousands of visitors every weekend and offers a true taste of what Coventry is and what the community offers. Additionally, the CRFM serves as a significant destination that can be a starting point for other destination elsewhere in Eastern Connecticut.
“The farmers’ market directly supports small cottage industry, home based businesses and agri-business in town and the region,” Trott said. “It creates a unique attraction that provides for a country fair atmosphere that is second to none.”
While Coventry is one of the three finalists in the Great Barn Giveaway that started with more than 60 entrants, Ackert encouraged people in town and throughout Connecticut to continue to vote for Coventry.
Voting officially ends on August 15th. To cast your vote or for additional information please visit www.greatbarngiveaway.com