MCC Farmers Market Opens for the Season

Manchester, Connecticut -(June 22, 2012)… The MCC Farmers Market will be continuing its grand opening for the 2012 season on Wednesday, June 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The MCC Farmers Market is located on the campus of Manchester Community College at the Bicentennial Band Shell and is open every Wednesday until October from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for July 4.

The music will be provided by Jen Allen, playing jazz piano from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Jen Allen is a jazz pianist whose debut solo album “Pieces of Myself” was released in June 2011. In May 2011, Allen was chosen as one of only eight pianists from around the world to participate in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For addiiitional information about Jen Allen, visit her website.

Caelum Massicotte, a Healthy Eating Specialist from Whole Foods Market in Glastonbury, will be available all afternoon to talk about organic foods and healthy eating. He will also be making kale smoothies! Caelum began cooking with his family at a young age, and then cooked professionally in restaurants for 10+ years. After battling through a health crisis, he realized how powerfully a healthy diet can affect one’s life, and he recently received his masters in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport. He is also an avid drummer and a certified yoga teacher.

This is the market’s sixth year and shoppers can expect the usual mix of locally grown fruits and vegetables, friendly farmers and vendors, and live music. According to Patrick Sullivan, “Most of the produce is picked on Wednesday morning, so it’s hard to find fresher produce anywhere.”

Farmers this year include Olivia’s Garden, Bottomland Farms, Beckett Farms, Sweet Pea Cheese and Thompson Street Farm.

There are also two bakeries, LaBrioche French Bakery from Rockville and Great Harvest Bread Company from Manchester. Mama Bear Foot Children’s Books and R&S Jewelry will also be at the Market.

The market welcomes families and sponsors a “Story Time” with Sue VanNess, a professor of Education at MCC, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There is plenty of free parking. For more information, contact Patrick Sullivan, Professor of English at MCC, at

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The college offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with local universities.