Shelton Farmers’ Market now open for the season

The Shelton Farmers’ Market will open for the season this Saturday, June 6. It will remain open two days a week into the fall.

“There’s a lot of excitement behind it,” said Stacia Monahan, the market’s new administrator.

Market hours will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, in the Shelton Farmers’ Market building and plaza, at Canal and Cornell streets.

The market will begin operating this year as a producer-only market, which means vendors may sell only produce or goods they grow or make themselves in Connecticut.

“Everyone selling will have gone through an inspection process so everything here is grown on their farm or made by hand using Connecticut ingredients,” said Monahan, who operates Stone Gardens Farm in White Hills with her husband Fred.

It being the start of the growing season, she said, “You will get what’s best that is being grown right now.”

More farmers and other vendors are expected to participate once growing season picks up.

Early season participants

Initial farms to be represented on Saturdays will be East Village Farm, Grassy Hill Farm, Jones Family Farms & Winery, Laurel Glen Farm, Stone Gardens Farm and Waterview Farm.

Food vendors will be Liquid Lunch, Oronoque Farms, and Seasonal Sweets & Catering.

Wednesday sessions initially will include Hall’s Farm (certified organic), Sport Hill Farm and Stone Gardens Farm.

New association has been formed

The market will be operated by the newly formed Shelton Farmers’ Market Association, which had its most recent meeting earlier this week.

The association has been meeting regularly to create guidelines for participating farms and vendors.

The Shelton Farmers’ Market building downtown, near the Riverwalk, is believed to be the only municipal-owned structure specifically built and used for a farmers’ market in Connecticut.