Meet Doug Crane, Founder of Dragon’s Blood Elixer

Doug Crane greets you with a twinkle in his eye when you visit his table at the farmers’ market. He is one of the most positive, energetic and friendly people one could ever meet. Most Saturdays he is dressed in his signature short-sleeved button-down shirt, slightly too large, adorned with brightly colored shapes and sizes…

Marie Bedor, Owner of Toes to Nose Soaps; a True Artisan

Meet the Vendors Featured Blog Series Ellington resident Marie Bedor, owner of Toes to Nose Soaps, is a true artisan –“one who produces something in limited quantity, often using traditional methods.” She blends ingredients like lye, herbs, oils and spices to create specialty soaps for holidays with names like angel, pumpkin spice and holly berry…

Spielman Family, Ellington Farmers Since 1902

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with brothers Fred and Martin Spielman to talk about their lives as Ellington farmers. The gentleness, contentment and incredible memories of the brothers shone through as they recalled events of their farming lives. Spielman Family Arrives in Ellington John and Lydia Spielman, grandparents to Fred and Martin, emigrated…

History of Moser Farm Dairy, an Ellington Icon

Moser Dairy has been an icon in Ellington Connecticut since 1900, and all who grew up in town can surely remember warm summer evenings lined up waiting for ice-cream while petting the baby animals in their mini-farm in the 1960s and 1970s. This is a story that spans four generations, and of remarkable achievement through hard work and the willingness to take chances and embrace change.

Cohen Family, Ellington Farmers for 99 Years

The Cohen family has been farming in Ellington for 99 years. I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Sanford (Sandy) Cohen about the history of the Cohen family and farm. I was amazed at the details that Sandy could remember; names and dates came easily to him as he told his family’s…

Copper Hill Farm, Owned and Operated by a First Generation Farmer

 Greg Hazelton, owner of Copper Hill Farm, has been selling his organically grown produce, fresh eggs   and home-grown pork at Ellington Farmers’ Market for several years, and patrons look forward to trying the unusual varieties of vegetables he brings to the market each summer. Greg grew up in Ellington but relocated to Vermont and lived…