Renee Hooper is frustrated. Like many other local residents, sourcing locally grown food is seldom convenient for her. “I work in the City during the week and Saturdays are tied up with kids’ commitments. There’s no farmers’ market at our end of Westport, which draws from Weston and Easton.”
So husband and wife team Renee and John Hooper have decided to take Christie’s Country Store, which they bought a year-and-a-half ago, back to its agricultural roots. “We’re starting a farmers’ market. We’re not charging the farmers to participate” explains Renee, “so we’re not making any money on this. Our hope it that it becomes a destination, another option to shop on Sunday for local produce.”
Christie’s, originally started as a fruit and vegetable stand in 1926, is celebrating its 85th year in business. According to John Hooper “what is now houses used to be the farm, and the Massiello family owned a number of acres around here. Christine’s father asked her to open a farm stand, which eventually became a gathering place-more of a lunch place. We have been slowly trying to bring it back to its glory.”
The Hoopers have been busy since January building their portfolio of CT Grown and made retail products, which now includes maple syrup, honey, hot sauces, pickles, and Farmer’s Cow milk. Through their work with vendors at the farmers’ market, they anticipate more local offerings and in-store tastings to help expose their customers to the new products. John Hooper adds that “we also plan on buying more local products for the menu.”
The Farmers’ Market at Christie’s County Store
161 Cross Highway, Westport
Sundays from 10-2
June 12 through October 9
August will feature adult authors, artists, and musicians. September will feature child authors, artists, and musicians.
The store’s bathrooms are available to farmers’ market shoppers.
Christie’s own Connecticut Bloody Mary Mix is available in the store and the Farmer’s Cow will be featuring some new and exciting products on June 26.
Christie’s ice cream hut with a gazebo and sitting area is open for the season and scoops Longsford’s Ice Cream from Port Chester, NY.
- Gazy Brothers Farm
- Eaglewood Farm
- Beldotti’s Bakery
- Smith’s Acres
- Oronoque Farms
- The Olive Oil Factory
- Andrea’s Pastry Shop
- Nothin’ But premium snack bars
- Peace Tree Deserts
- Goatboy Soaps
- Blackbird Pies
- Stormy Mountain Candle Company
- Woodbury Sugar Shed