Thursday, May 21, the Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) will kick off the 2015 summer season, celebrating a decade of fresh, local food.
For the last ten seasons, the WFM has been cultivating community and nurturing an appreciation of real food, and the work that goes into growing it.
It was June of 2006, when Paul Newman and Michel Nischan planted the first seed, and the WFM welcomed its first shoppers. With 14 vendors present that day, over 500 shoppers showed up to get a taste of something new.
Now, about to embark on its tenth season, the WFM has blossomed into market boasting 45 vendors, food trucks, chef demos, yoga, organic eats, and even a pizza truck. And thousands of shoppers from all over Fairfield Country make the WFM Thursday market a destination.
“Ten years is an entire lifetime for a Farmers’ Market,” says WFM Director, Lori Cochran-Dougall. “That we continue to grow and expand is a real testament to all the work that goes into this market, and to all the farmers, vendors, and volunteers who make it possible. It’s become a source of pride for the community, and that’s something truly special.”
What’s on for the 2015 season? Plenty of old friends, along with some new faces. Look for integrated chef involvement, expanded children’s programming, and some gorgeous new Friends of the Market bags, commemorating the anniversary, available for a limited time only. Join us at 12:00, high noon, to toast local food with organic green juice donated by The Stand.
Don’t miss the opening day festivities, Thursday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The WFM is located at 50 Imperial Avenue, in Westport.