As the weather gets warmer and summer draws near, Weston’s annual summer Farmers Market is preparing for a season full of old favorites and new surprises.
The market emphasizes seasonality and local goods, and opens Saturday, June 16, from 9 to noon at the Weston Historical Society at 105 Weston Road.
This year, the market will feature a variety of family-oriented activities. On opening day, members of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck from 10 to 11, and there will be a craft station where kids can make sand art and farm-oriented picture frames.
Children may also try their hand as vendors through a kid-operated lemonade stand, the proceeds of which will go to local Weston charities.
Another addition to the market this year is the opening of a café-type sitting area on the new terrace of the historical society, where visitors may enjoy coffee and baked goods from Michelina’s Bakery.
Of course, the farmers market would not be complete without its vendors. Returning once again is Blackbird Baked Goods, with its famous pies that tend to sell out each week. Anita Designs is selling linens, aprons, and placemats, while the Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn is offering fresh produce, jams, and donuts.
Geremia Gardens and Farms of Southington is also coming back with produce and plants. LakeView Orchards, Vasauskas Farm, and Warrup’s Farm will sell a wide array of locally grown produce, while Waldingfield Farm will offer organically grown fruits and vegetables from Washington, Conn.
Maureen Fay is returning with her beautiful bouquets of fresh cut flowers.
New vendors include Weston’s own Whipped Up Creations, selling raw cookie dough that requires no baking and is safe to eat.
Another new vendor who is familiar to Weston, though not to the summer market, is Nod Hill Soap, which previously sold bath and beauty products at the Norfield Grange Winter market.
Like Nod Hill Soap, Kareen Kanaga also sold at the grange and will now be vending her candles and jewelry at the Weston Farmers Market.
Another new vendor is Molly and Murphy All Natural Irish Dog Biscuits which will be selling homemade dog biscuits made from “premium all natural ingredients and baked daily to ensure freshness.”
The Farmers Market has been operated by the Weston Women’s League for more than 20 years as a community service and fund-raiser for Weston charitable organizations.
Proceeds from vendor rental fees are distributed to Weston Senior Services, Weston Warm-Up Fund, Weston Historical Society, and used to build Thanksgiving baskets for Weston Social Services.
For more information, visit westonwomensleague.org.