On Wednesday, June 1, the first Elite farmers’ market will open in the parking lot of the Danbury Fair Mall with over 38 farm and food vendors. Founders Tony and Melanie Lee want to open “many, many more” farmers’ markets in partnership with very large shopping centers and other high traffic locations so a greater number of people can access them. There’s no question that vendors were excited about the new concept. According to Tony “150 wanted to participate and we picked 50. This new concept is winning for the farmer and the consumer.”
Elite, determined to create a beautiful market with a country look and feel, is supplying all the tents and table coverings to their vendors. The market also boats numberous special features including lunch vendor Caroline’s Kitchen which makes fresh wraps drawing on local produce and supplies; seasonal canning, pickling and fermenting demonstrations using farm fresh products with Michaela Hayes (formerly a chef at New York’s Gramercy Tavern) each week under a tent sponsored by Ball Jar company; guest chef cooking demos (including award-winning sustainable Chef Bun Lai from Miya’s Sushi in New Haven); a children’s tent where kids can do arts & crafts and activities related to the environment and fresh food; and an area called the Greenius Barn (like the Genius Bar in the Apple store) where experts and authors on topics including composting and cooking with fresh food discuss and demo to educate the public in their area of specialty.
Elite @ Danbury Fair Mall will run each Wednesday and Saturday from 10-2 through the end of October. Most of the vendors are there both days. Special events: There will be live music in Saturday, June 3. Sat. For a complete vendor list, click here. No WIC or SNAP benefits accepted.
For vending and guest demo inquiries, please contact Tony Lee at email@example.com.
Danbury Fair Mall: 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810, (203) 743-3247