The Westport Farmers' Market Opens May 17th w/ Great Vendor Lineup, Food Trucks + "Chopped At The Market"

CTbites Team

As a proud sponsor for The Westport Farmers' Market, CTbites is pleased to announce, the 2018 summer season.

While it’s fair to say this long, cool spring has taken a toll on many of us, Westport Farmers’ Market shoppers and vendors have especially felt its bite. We’re happy to report the wait is over; the vision of supporting the best market in the area is in sight. In just a over a week, on Thursday, May 17th, the Westport Farmers’ Market will return for its 12th year 50 Imperial Avenue.

There will be new faces among other vendors, too, including Grateful Food Company offering plant-based fare, and Norm Bloom & Sons with local oysters. In addition to new faces – even those whose identity is still a secret – familiar favorites will return, including last winter’s newest guest vendor, Cross Culture Kombucha, who will be pouring booch on site, and farm favorites Sport Hill; Fort Hill; Riverbank, Two Guys from Woodbridge; Sankow Beaver Brook; Ox Hollow; Beltane; Woodland; Rose’s Berry; Aradia; and Muddy Feet Flower Farm.

Rounding out the farmers, other vendors include: Wave Hill Breads; Arogya Holistic Healing and Tea; Boxcar Cantina; HuckleberryArtisan Pastries; Healing Home Foods; Nit Noi Provisions; Nutty Bunny Vegan Frozen Desserts; Aradia Farm; Paul's Custom Pet Food;Local Catch; Simply Local; The Stand Juice Company; Jane's Good Food; EHSTO; Koutoulis Olive Oil; Izzi B Allergen Free Baked Goods; Calcutta Kitchen; Tynne's Tinctures; Oui Charcuterie; OM Champagne Tea; and Farm True Ghee, maker of grass-fed ghee.

What began in the parking lot of the Westport Community Playhouse as a gathering of 14 vendors organized by the late Paul Newman and Michel Nischan, chef and executive director of Wholesome Wave, has blossomed into a destination for shopping, meeting for lunch, listening to music, supporting community programs, and engaging children in farm- and food-based activities. Just when we think the market can’t get any better, the lineup of vendors and programming this year proves us wrong.

According to Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM, “We excited to bring many new faces and programs to the market this year. We’ll be rotating farm-to-food-truck vendors every week so there is something for everyone. Female-owned Dough Girls Wood-fired Pizza Truck will join us, as will M.O.C. Eatery, a self-described gastro-pub on wheels.  Skinny Pines Pizza Truck will return and we have a soon-to-be-announced special food-truck that will rock the vendor selection.”

As if these impressive vendors weren’t enough reason to put WFM on your weekly to-do list, there are plenty of activities, too, including Artists Alley of local makers, and a Westport version of “Chopped”.

“We can’t wait for our very own version of Chopped at the market!” said Cochran-Dougall. “We don’t want to give too much away but just imagine having the TV program up close and personal with local chefs,” she said. “There’s so much happening. We’ll be rolling out new vendors every week; you’ll just have to visit to find out!”

The mission of the Westport Farmers’ Market is to create and maintain a regional hub where real farmers connect with consumers over real food. In facilitating these interactions, the Westport Farmers' Market strives to help food producers and food consumers forge lasting relationships that celebrate education, sustainability, healthy living, and just plain delicious food!   

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