Weston Farmers Market opens this weekend with a splatter

Stacey Tucker, WWL president, and Kim Burke, Weston Farmers’ Market chairman, are ready to open the 2013 season of the market on June 15.�� —Heatehr Levy photo

Stacey Tucker, WWL president, and Kim Burke, Weston Farmers’ Market chairman, are ready to open the 2013 season of the market on June 15. —Heatehr Levy photo

As summer approaches, Weston’s annual summer farmers’ market is preparing for another season full of old favorites and new surprises. The market, which features seasonal and local goods, opens Saturday, June 15, from 9 to noon at the Weston Historical Society on Route 57 and High Acre Road.

Opening day will be highlighted with an art event by SplatterBox Art (Westport) from 10 to 11:30, with water beads, Play-Doh, beading, splatter painting, and a drawing station for fun art projects for all age groups, including a community art piece that all children can participate in by splattering or walking across (with a foot bath at the end). This community piece will be showcased in the Weston Public Library during the summer.

“In addition to the fresh, local goods, we are so excited about the family-friendly events during the market that will bring the Weston community together on a Saturday morning,” said Kimberly Burke, farmers’ market chairman. “The community project with SplatterBox Art that children of all ages can participate in will be so much fun!”

SplatterBox is a multi-faceted art studio for children founded by artist couple Kristen and Erik Sabatelli.

Other activities being planned this summer include a healthy bake-off, live music, pottery, and more.

The farmers’ market would not be complete without its vendors. Returning once again this year is Blackbird Baked Goods with its famous pies that sell out each week. Anita Designs will be selling linens, aprons, and placemats. The Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn will have fresh produce, jams, and doughnuts.

Geremia Gardens and Farms of Southington will have a selection of produce and plants, while Maureen Fay returns with fresh cut flowers. Lakeview Orchard, Vasauskas Farm, and Warrups Farm will sell a wide array of locally grown produce.

Looking for organically grown fruits and vegetables? Waldingfield Farm will offer produce from Washington, Conn.

Weston’s own Whipped Up Creations brings back raw cookie dough that is safe to eat and requires no baking.

Kareen Kanaga’s jewelry and candles make nice gifts. And new this year, Community Energy will show you how to build a “clean energy future.”

“I love meeting new people at the Weston Farmers’ Market,” said Stacey Tucker, president of the Weston Women’s League. “We hope you will stop by with your family at least once this season. You’ll never know what you (or your children) might find and like.”

The Weston 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 the vendor rental fees are distributed to Weston Senior Services, Weston Warm-Up Fund, and the Weston Historical Society. The Weston Women’s League also helps build Thanksgiving baskets for Weston Social Services.

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