Open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 12 to 6 p.m., on a sunny day look for this new farmer's market outside the Bush-Holley House where nearly a 100 years ago boarders dined regularly on produce from the backyard garden.
On a rainy day, the Green Market is housed cozily on the porch of the Store House Visitor's Center located next to Bush-Holley House.
Behind the Bush-Holley House, there is a heritage garden where all sorts of greens have been growing for the past 10 years, tended by a half dozen member "green team" of Historical Society volunteers under the guidance of the noted horticulturist and journalist Joan Faust. The vegetables in that garden are grown from heirloom seeds chosen from a list in a journal by Elmer McRae, an artist who, with his wife Constant Holley, ran the boarding house that attracted a number of noted artists and writers. Produce from that heritage garden will debut this summer in the Green Market.
Currently selling her wares at the Green Market is Kim Dulka, of the 100-year old Red Clover Farms in Seymour. Dulka says she is on the waiting list to sell at the Farmer's Market in Greenwich, as well.
Barbara Bishop, the manager of marketing and communications for the Historical Society, who came to shop, was grateful for the weekday hours, as she finds it difficult to shop on Saturday mornings at the Farmer's Market.
Helping Dulka unpack her produce on this rainy Tuesday was Michele Couture who, with Kai Pandolfino, serves on the Society's Food and Garden Committee. "We were looking for a way to integrate our heritage garden into programming," said Couture, "to build community and bring people to our site."
With some 100 customers coming to shop last week, it appears they are on the right track.
The Greenwich Historical Society welcomes vendors to its Green Market. For more information call Michele Couture at 203-869-6899, ext. 10.