BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Black Rock residents have been counting the days and its finally here: The Black Rock Farmers Market will open for 2016 this Saturday.
The popular and varied market, which tied Westport for Best Farmers Market in Fairfield County in a 2015 DVlicious Poll, will welcome shoppers and browsers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 15 with a year-end Harvest Hootenanny planned for Oct. 29.
The market, at 481 Brewster Street, just two blocks south of bustling Fairfield Avenue, is a world away, said co-founders Karyn Leito and Michelle Margo.
“The community comes together as friends reconnect, families take time to picnic under a tree, perfect strangers play chess or children can create a craft with their parents,” Margo said.
Then there are all the goodies to be had. The Black Rock Farmers Market is a producer-only market, featuring locally farmed vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs, bread, meats, jams, pickles, coffee, flowers and more.
Vendors for this season include veterans Sport Hill Farm, Aradia Farm and Creative Shepherd Farm. New this year are Maitri Farm and Sweet Acre Farm.
Vendors accept cash, credit/debit, checks, farmers market checks, SNAP/EBT and WIC. Those spending SNAP/EBT receive $2 value for $1 at the market.
Shoppers also will find local artisans, weekly music performances, yoga classes, pet supplies — even a vintage doughnut trailer.
Many new artisans will be featured throughout the season, including Hartford Prints Farmer with its letterpress stationery, urban streetwear and locally sourced goods.
“Black Rock Farmers Market is the hottest part of the melting pot that is Black Rock,” Leito said.
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