Sunday, May 31, 2009
The Westport Sunday Farmer’s Market opened today behind the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East. The market will run 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday until Nov. 22. The Thursday Farmer’s Market is at the Imperial Avenue parking lot and runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Nov. 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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Shoppers at the farmers’ markets still have a choice of plastic checkout bags? I guess that if you go to a farmers’ market, it is OK to use those illegal plastic checkout bags. It is like buying “feel-good” carbon offsets to justify driving around in a limo and having a private jet.
Technically, Farmers’ Markets are not allowed to have the plastic bags either (the ones for carry out, not the very thin ones for individual items)...just sayin’.
Words can not begin to express the thanks to all who helped make the Sunday Farmer’s Market at Saugatuck Congregational Church inaugural Sunday a huge success!
Hundreds of visitors came to enjoy the spirit of the Sunday Farmer’s Market: Connecticut grown produce and fruit, fresh organic eggs, award winning pies, handmade goat milk soaps, organic doggy treats, knitted items, beeswax candles, freshly made bread, mozzarella and pesto, plants ready to put into the ground for your own summer treats and so much more. Chris Coogan’s Good News Gospel Choir launched the Market with hand clapping, foot stomping music while residents, church members and visitors to the area shopped and enjoyed a beautiful day. At the “Ask the Expert” area, visitors’ questions were answered by Chef Tor Sporre and Target Training’s Dominic Gillen. Sunrise Rotary sold chances to their June 20th “Great Duck Race” fundraiser which will see up to 2,500 rubber duckies floating down the Saugatuck River while SCC’s High School Youth Group sold soft drinks to raise funds for their late June Mission trip to help rebuild homes in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Beyond the benefits of purchasing locally, savoring the tastes of fresh, healthy foods while supporting Connecticut businesses, the Market vendors are also supporting local food pantries and soup kitchens by donating their end of Sunday Farmer’s Market day items. This week’s donations will go towards a Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport food pantry that in turn will help up to 50 families put healthy food on their table. It’s a win- win for everyone!
With each upcoming week visitors to the Sunday Farmer’s Market will see additional new vendors and guest experts, better signage at the front of the driveway directing cars to the back parking lot and while we encourage visitors to bring their own reusable bags and baskets, the vendor’s supply of reusable and paper bags was exhausted!
The parameter of the Sunday Farmer’s Market will also be “tweaked” around the market to allow access to the trail for those with dogs. State of Connecticut Health rules prohibit dogs in the Market area, except for service dogs within 25’ of food for safety and health reasons.
Sunday Farmer’s Market at Saugatuck Congregational Church will continue to grow as the season progresses and we look forward to welcoming you to one of New England’s best traditions!
Mary Ann West, [email protected]
Communications and Market Liaison on behalf of Saugatuck Congregational Church
Congratulations to everyone who persevered to find a solution to bring two markets a week to Westport. Even tiny European towns have two markets a week; fresher is better! Now, too, all those who work during the week, and could never make the Thursday market, have access to high quality local produce and goods, too. It’s also nice that we see different faces on Sunday among the vendors: many farmers attend several different markets a week and had conflicts on Thursday. Last, my personal thanks to Saugatuck Congregational: how wonderful that they stepped in to provide the space, and at the same time are fulfilling their own mission to help feed those in need. See you at the markets, everybody, and remember to bring your bags!