The 2011 season of the Wilton Farmer’s Market got a fantastic start under the warm— and much longed for—sunshine on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, which had its opening day at its new location on Wednesday May 25.
The move from its 2010 location in the Wilton Library’s parking lot, has been much anticipated by vendors, customers and the three partners that made the move possible: , and The .
“I’m thrilled because although we loved it being right here, it was not an optimal spot,” said Library Director Kathy Leeds in the weeks leading up to the market’s 2011 debut.
Last year, parking was limited and heat bouncing off the blacktop practically cooked the tomatoes that were being sold.
After some searching around, they settled on the historical society’s grounds.
“It seemed perfect because of the town’s agrarian history,” said Leeds. “It’s so fitting to have it up there.”
People who make up the market come from all over.
One new vendor, Crowley Cheese Inc., hails all the way from Vermont, but their marketing director, Jill Jones, lives fairly close by.
Jones’ company, which she purchased two years ago, was originally started back in 1882 and they still make all their cheese the traditional way. Since she travels from her home in Waccabuc, NY to New York City, Wilton was a relatively convienent location to sell her American Original Cheese.
The mood of the opening day was good-spirited, and vendors were thrilled with the new Route 7 location.
“It’s terrific!” said Wave Hill Breads proprietor and returning vendor Margaret Sapir.
“We will get a lot of passers-by here, and the time frame is great,” she said.
There is a twelve-vendor space limit at the new location and there is presently a waiting list, which will be filled as current sellers leave on their own accord. Currently there are 11 vendors, as one of the stands requires an additional half space of room.
Practically everything for commuters on their way home to easily create a healthy and nutritious meal can be found at the market on Wednesdays: fresh picked greens and, arriving as soon as Mother Nature cooperates, vegetables; artisan breads; homemade jams; fresh-baked quiche, pies; and even sauces. After dinner , consider relaxing with a cup of Mamacat’s Q tea or soaking in some soothing bath salts and homemade soap from Nod Hill Soaps, both which can be picked up from local vendors this year.