Saturday Market


MaryAnnEvery Saturday for the last two or three years, I’ve worked at that Shelton Farm Market in Shelton, Connecticut. It started out with helping my neighbor Evelyn Belinsky load and unload the car for market, and now I still help her loading the car but I also stay the whole market and help her sell. It’s not a large market, there are only about 10 or 11 vendors, but it is a great group of people. Ed, “The Clam Guy,” said out of all the markets he and Laurie participate in Shelton is the only market where everyone gets along so well and all help each other out. I enjoy being there and seeing everyone each weekend.  

Flowers at Market

Ed and Laurie who sell clams at the market are getting back on track after their boat caught fire earlier this year. Ed’s burns are mostly healed and they have a new (used) boat and are out on the water again. Janelle had the most beautiful flowers this week, the colors were so vibrant. Casey has the best cherry tomatoes and garlic, and Kevin had great kale this week. Bob and Darlene had plenty of tomatoes, and Darlene had her soaps and knitting along. Guy was there as always with his organic produce. He is our market master and does a wonderful job.

Lois wasn’t feeling good this week and unable to make it, which was disappointing. Lois sews the most beautiful things, and we had a couple of girls stop by looking for doll clothes. Coming soon will be the Halloween costumes. Of course, Evy and I were there with plenty of peaches and veggies. 

Besides our community of vendors, we also have a great group of regular customers as well. There’s the 92-year-old woman who comes to buy baskets of tomatoes to take home and can. I help her bring the bag out to her car in the parking lot each week and wish her luck. God bless her, I hope at 92 I’m still able to can my own tomatoes and make jams.

There is a Polish couple who come by regularly. This week they stopped, and she was beaming over the fact that her daughter is expecting in October and she’ll be a grandmother soon. Her whole face glowed as she told me. I don’t know most of the names but I know the faces.

9/9/2014 9:55:38 AM

MaryAnn, sounds like you have built a community around the farmer's market. Up close and personal is the best way to buy or sell food, in my humble opinion. Here in my city there are a couple big markets but mostly our street corners are dotted with roadside stands. From June to October the stands are filled with what ever is in season. Now the pumpkins are coming to market. Watermelons are coming on the scene as well. Soon the stands will be gone and the chilly weather will be upon us as winter sharpens its icy teeth. ***** Have a great farmers market memory day.

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