CONNECTICUT REGIONAL MARKET TRANSFERRED TO CAPITAL REGION DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Department of Agriculture to oversee Hartford Farmers’ Market Applications
(HARTFORD, CT) – Per Section 10 of Public Act 18-154, the Connecticut Regional Market located at 101 Reserve Road in Hartford has been conveyed to the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DOAG). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) effective January 1, 2020 clearly outlines the duties of each entity going forward.
Connecticut Department of Agriculture will continue to accept applications from vendors interested in participating at the Hartford Farmers’ Market at the Connecticut Regional Market. Vendors will be accepted upon approval by CRDA. Farmers’ market stall spaces will be assigned on a first come basis with a March 1 deadline for priority stalls. Assignments will be communicated regularly with CRDA staff.
“Through this process of conveying the Connecticut Regional Market to CRDA we are committed to working with them and Connecticut’s producers to ensure a smooth transition,” said Connecticut Department of Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “The Farmers’ Market at the Connecticut Regional Market will continue to offer producers an opportunity to sell Connecticut Grown plants and food to wholesale and consumer markets in a unique setting. We are excited for future growth opportunities this transition brings.”
Capital Region Development Authority will oversee all operational aspects, including, but not limited to the use, operation and occupancy of the facility; implementation of rules and regulations and assume responsibility for all operating expenses and capital improvements.
“We continue to be excited during this period of management transition at the CT Regional Market and Hartford Farmers’ Market,” said CRDA Chief Financial Officer Joseph Geremia. “CRDA believes that the Market is well-positioned for short-term opportunities and longer-term growth. It is the Authority’s objective to increase the self-sustainability of the Market by improving occupancy, undertaking strategic capital investments, and attracting new investment partnerships.”