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Spring Starts at Vinnie’s Little Acre

The self-described "farm market" in Windsor Locks heads into its third year, touting its ability to provide fresh fare each day of the week, year ‘round.

If in need of proof that spring has arrived, Windsor Locks residents need look no further than Vinnie’s Little Acre.

A visit to the Main Street market will reveal a reflection of the season, as goods on the floor and outside change with the time of year.

From local fruits and vegetables (in addition to luxuries, like honey from Farmington) to a full-service deli, Vinnie’s is a one-stop shop for the shopper seeking fresh fare. The market also boasts a bounty of annuals and perennials for all holiday occasions and vegetable plants for the home gardener.

Vinnie’s Little Acre should not to be confused with a grocery, owner Vinnie Cianfarani said recently.

“We are a farm market,” he said. “We are small, sell locally grown, fresh goods seven days a week.”

The seven-days-a-week detail is particularly important, Cianfarani said, adding that his farm market offers something patrons can’t find anywhere else.

“You don’t have to wait for the farmer’s market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until the afternoon. We have it here seven days a week, 365 days a year,” he said, chuckling when adding that he closes for half a day on Christmas.

Coming straight off of Easter weekend, Vinnie’s Little Acre has turned into a home gardener’s paradise. Pansies are plentiful and brightly color the Windsor Locks Commons plaza. The path to the front door is lined with mulch and soils. Small shrubs for planting sit beside seeds for the next bountiful local garden.

As spring progresses, the farm market will continue to transform. Soon, local corn, berries, lettuce and more will fill the market floor.

Vinnie’s Little Acre is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. The market is located at in Windsor Locks Commons at 255 Main St.

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