You know the local-food movement is forging ahead when two new farmers’ markets open within a few weeks of one another, in Fairfield County, through the efforts of everyday citizens and community organizations. Sally Gemmill and Stephanie Barksdale of the Wilton Library worked long and hard along with the Chamber of Commerce and town officials to bring this dream to fruition. Convenient to all of Wilton Town Center, their location reminds me of the farmers’ market at the Brick Walk in Fairfield, also started this month.
The market will start small, with about five vendors, beginning tomorrow from 1-4 pm in the back parking lot of the Wilton Library. Participating farms and vendors include Ambler Farm, a gem of a farm in Wilton I recently visited to learn about bees and harvesting honey. Their farm stand was open and we bought a giant bunch of garlic scapes and some delicious arugula grown by Farmer Ben. You’ll also find Wilton’s own Wave Hill Breads, Michele’s Pies (oh yum!), Schulze Family Farm and Killam & Bassette Farmstead at the market. New vendors are expected to be added regularly.
Visit their site under Events for regular updates, but more importantly, visit the market for “locally grown fruits, vegetables, free range eggs, homemade jams, herbs, fresh cut flowers and fresh bread and pies. “